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GDM is the Gnome Display Manager, responsible for launching an X session, as well as displaying the login screen for the user.

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What's the official way of programmatically changing the GDM login background?

I want to change the background of the GDM login screen on CentOS 6.5 and 7 to bring it in line with other branded systems, and so I have an RPM that delivers a background image into ...
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Add option to GDM 3.x that does not have gui

You know how when you login with GDM, and you can select a variety of desktop environments? For instance, mine has Cinnamon, GNOME 3, xfce. How could I add an option that logs you in without a gui? ...
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Desktop not starting after Centos upgrade

I upgraded a server from centos 6.5 (with gnome2) to 7 using the update manager. The problem is that I am not able to see the login screen or the desktop. However the mouse pointer is visible. I ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 gdm with multiple X servers doesn't work

I'm trying to launch 4 X servers with gdm on my fresh Ubuntu 14.04. /etc/gdm/custom.conf [debug] # More verbose logs # Additionally lets the X server dump core if it crashes Enable = true Gestures = ...
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error-> Could not update ICEautohrity file

error-> Could not update ICEautohrity file in my Cent OS operating system When i was unable to use my mysql database i stopped it and restarted the system. Then i got the error as error:- Could ...
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Do I have to delete .gconf and .config folders each time I try to login?

I'm running ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. I recently tried to setup pywebkitgtk on my system which required building/installing the following packages. gcc-4.8 webkit-1.1 pygtk-2.0 libcairo This led to not ...
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How to change gnome session locale?

How do I change the default locale for my gnome session? I created /etc/default/locale-local with this content: LANG=pt_PT.UTf-8 LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8 and added this to /etc/pam.d/gdm3, ...
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Clear user login list of gdm3 on wheezy - where is it stored?

I tried removing: /var/log/wtmp /var/log/ConsoleKit/history the completet gnome tree in /var/lib and accountservices nothing helped. The user list ist still there. We want to have a fresh box ...
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gdm3 on debian wheezy not remembering users after reboot

When logging on and off from gnome/gdm3, the last user is displayed as expected. As soon as I reboot the machine (or restart dbus and gdm3) the last user list is empty again. ck-history --last shows ...
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How do I force gdm 3.6 stay on DISPLAY :0?

Every time I log out of my session, gdm moves to a different DISPLAY variable. Judging from /var/log/gdm, it rotates between :0 and :5. I'm finding no documentation on this logic. How do I keep gdm ...
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Change default login manager on Fedora 18

I'm tired of GNOME's problems with my Fedora 18 instance, and decided to move on to another desktop environment. After successfully changing to Xfce, I still couldn't get rid of GDM which annoys me a ...
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Triple-head works in GDM, but not in Gnome

I've got three displays connected via DVI on two different ATI cards on Arch Linux using the xf86-video-ati driver. All three are currently serving output, but one of my displays (the one on the ...
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How do I change Login Screen Background in Centos 6.3

I want to change the default Login Screen background/theme in Centos 6.3. The INSTALL folder in the theme I downloaded says: Use 'gdmsetup' to install. But gdmsetup isn't a recognized command. I ...
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GDM guest session for Debian Squeeze

Every now and then I would like to give my home desktop or laptop to someone to check their mails or lookup something on the web while I am not watching them. I am using Debian 6 (squeeze) and was ...
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ubuntu12.04 hangs at checking battery state

My 12.04 system hangs at "Checking battery state". At this stage, no commands work eg: ctrl+alt+f1, alt+f5. I ran recovery mode, I ran the command sudo mount -o remount, rw sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm ...
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Choose between multiple keyboard layouts for different users in GDM3

I am trying to set up a computer with multiple users each with different preferred keyboard layouts. The biggest sticking point right now is allowing each to log in comfortably. GDM used to offer a ...
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How can I configure gdm to allow X connections to other servers/workstations?

I have an issue on all new installs of CentOS 6.2 on my network. Connecting to remote machines using X11 gui software fails for reasons associated with the xauth. I'm not sure how to diagnose but have ...
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Debian squeeze keyboard and touchpad not working / detected on laptop

They work before gdm3 starts. a connected mouse also stops working, but functions after removal and re-plug. no xorg.conf. log doesn't show any loading of drivers for kbd/touchpad [ 33.783] ...
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What is the correct way to prevent non-root users from issuing shutdowns or reboots

Let's say that you have set up a multi-seat system for use in a school or library, allowing GDM to launch multiple X sessions to run simultaneously with different users/keyboards/monitors. By default ...
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login after ubuntu 11.10 upgrade - failed to load session ubuntu

After Ubuntu 11.10 upgrade I'm unable to login via gdm or lightdm. Every time I receive error: "failed to load session ubuntu" Any help appreciated.
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How to change the GDM default background wallpaper to my customized wallpaper or solid color?

I was trying to change the Ubuntu 11.04 GDM default background wallpaper to solid color such as black. However it's not working; here is what I've tried so far: From the terminal: xsetroot -bg ...
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How can i auto-login with Fedora 15? So that it never ask it on reboot automatically logs in, as defined

In the earlier versions of Fedora there was a way to use gdmsetup for auto-login. Now in Fedora 15 I can't auto-login anymore. Anyone know how I can do this? I cannot figure out how to stop it from ...
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How to automatically add a protected key to ssh-agent on startup?

I am using gdm to start awesome wm via .xinitrc. I like awesomes usability and gnomes integrity and so far most of the startup programs work fine but i am fighting with ssh-agent. When starting gnome ...
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Gnome 3 gdm fails to start after preupgrade from fedora 14 to 15

I'm not able to boot fedora 15 in runlevel 5. After all services start, when the login screen should appear, gdm just show a mouse waiting cursor and keeps restarting itself. From ...
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Zsh login shell in Ubuntu

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu Natty. I changed my shell to zsh. When I login, it does not appear to source my ~/.zprofile file. Does gnome not get executed in a login shell of your chosen shell? ...
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A startup script on Ubuntu that only runs properly when ran manually

I'm trying to run a script on session start, so I added it to System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications. The script does run, but some of the commands inside don't appear to run at all. If after ...
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How to set user picture on GDM?

I installed fluxbox on top of Ubuntu server, to get a minimal desktop installation. On the gdm login screen, I see a X instead of the user picture. How do I set this picture? What is the minimal ...
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Rogue X session bombing my CPU

Every time I boot I get the following process that is taking %99.3 of my CPU /usr/bin/X :0 -nr -verbose -auth /var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-EowSOU/database -nolisten tcp vt7 when I kill the pid I lose ...
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Xvnc4 started from xinetd only displays empty gray X screen

I'm attempting to setup an Ubuntu 10.10 box so that anyone can connect to port 5900 and be greeted by the gdm login manager. To do so, I added a vnc entry in /etc/services and I am starting Xvnc4 ...
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Why does gconf-edit not work to change the GDM icon?

So I have done some googling and experimenting to change the GDM icon (Ubuntu 10.04) and have found the following ways: UbuntTweak Replace /usr/share/icons/LoginIcons/apps/64/computer.svg with your ...
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No login prompt displayed after updating Ubuntu 10.04, broken gdm

So here's what happens: I updated my system the other day, was prompted for a reboot for the update to complete but was in the middle of working so I delayed it until after I was done. I reboot and ...
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Linux: wmctrl cannot open display when session initiated via ssh+screen

I'm using wmctrl on an Ubuntu machine to manage windows from a script, that I run inside a (gnu) screen. If I start the screen session from the local machine, wmctrl works fine, including if I ...
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XMonad with GDM on Maverick (Ubuntu 10.10)

I'm using xmonad on Ubuntu Maverick (10.10) First of all I created a new Desktop Entry to make the xmonad session to be accessible from the GDM login screen, but after a reboot GDM doesn't start, and ...
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Laptop logging out of window manager a few minutes after boot up and login

I have a troubling issue. I log into Linux Mint 9 (fully up-to-date) on my Samsung Q320 laptop with power connected and after a few minutes it seems like the entire X session dies, I am logged out, ...
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Connect to virtual KVM machine/VNC from Xorg

I have a main Ubuntu system and a virtual Windows system, set up using QEMU/KVM. So, I can start Windows using virt-manager and connect to it using a VNC client. But what I really want to have is a ...
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Toolbars invisible after restarting gdm

If I'm inside gnome in Ubuntu 10.04 and I open up a terminal and type "sudo restart gdm" I get back to the login screen. When I log in however all the toolbars are missing. If I maximize a window then ...
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restart gdm at linux terminal

Sometimes the Ubuntu 10.04 the gui will freeze and the only thing I can do is move the mouse. I can't interact with programs and I can't change to a different virtual desktop. All I can do is press ...
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How can I disallow normal users on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 (multi user NIS setup) from shutting down the system?

In the past, I was able to set "SystemMenu=false" in gdm.conf, to prevent normal users from being able to shut down the system. In ubuntu 10.04, this does not work. How can this be done?
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Ubuntu lost GNOME installation, cyclic dependencies when reinstalling GNOME

Take a look here first. After solving that problem, I noticed that KDM won't let me select GNOME session. I just have KDE and xterm. I reinstalled GDM and switched to it, but I still can't start ...
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Is it possible to log a user in a remote computer using ssh?

I want to connect to a server via ssh and log in (remotely) a user in X11 (gdm). A little context: I need to install a wine application in 30 computers, but wine require X11, there is nobody loged ...
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Possible to install Xmonad on Ubuntu separate from Gnome?

I just downloaded Xmonad from the repository on my Ubuntu 10.04 box, but when I log out and try to log back in using Xmonad instead Gnome, it doesn't work. I just get the login screen background ...
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GDM Won't Automatically Start After Boot

Ubuntu 10.04 Hi guys. I'm not sure why but quite recently, my ubuntu desktop started bringing up the command prompt login screen after booting. I want GDM to start up by default. I can manually ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 upgrade: gdm-simple-greeter no seat-id found

Upgraded a machine straight from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04. After a successful upgrade, GDM shows no users on the login screen, with the error message: "gdm-simple-greeter no seat-id found" Users can log ...
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How to repair login screen without reinstalling gdm

I recently ran into an issue with my login screen switching to a default hi-contrast window management schema in Ubuntu, as opposed to the default dark colors. The problem (and a working, but ...
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Ubuntu Login Screen Reloads

I am trying to login to my Ubuntu desktop after updating a bunch of packages and rebooting. I know I am authenticating successfully but what seems to happen is that after I enter my username and ...
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(Linux) More than one X Session with ATI Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver

I would like to start another x session but I can't do it anymore, since I installed the Proprietary ATI Drivers. Apparently it seems to be were the problem is coming from. Does anyone know how I can ...
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I don't understand how GDM is starting

I'm on Karmic. I had no keyboard, so I enabled autologin and some other stuff over ssh to get x2x going. Now I can't find what I did. I'm trying to just start X and XBMC now. I don't need gnome. I ...
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How to implement a volatile “user profile”

I want to set up a Linux machine such that when a particular user, named student, logs out, their /home directory is wiped clean and reset. Basically I want to perform these actions when the user ...
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How to boot into command-line mode and keep other services unchanged

I want to configure my Ubuntu installation to boot into a command-line prompt instead of the Gnome Desktop Environment. I ran the below command to effect this: sudo update-rc.d -f gdm remove It ...
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How do I prevent GDM from running at boot on Ubuntu?

I have a Ubuntu (Hardy Heron) sever that currenlty boots up and runs gnome. I would like to make it so that when it boots it only goes into text-mode (e.g. the x server never starts) I tried: sudo ...