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can i start the *DM (e.g. kdm) on tty7, but not present on the screen?

For example, i want to stay at tty1 while the login manager is waiting on tty7 on boot.

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You need to tell the X server not to change the vt (virtual terminal). There's an option for this: -novtswitch. With kdm, it should be added to the ServerArgsLocal line in kdmrc.

The bad news is that this option seems not to work in X.org (it prevents X from switching the vt when it exits!). Google turns up many reports, but no solution.

Depending on your needs, you may be able to get away with letting X change the vt, and then changing it back with the chvt command after a few seconds.

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Thanks, still i'll search for it. I've heard a "no-root" patch which used by some distros. –  seqizz Jul 23 '10 at 11:59

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