Joseph Vella wrote:
On Sunday 23 April 2006 19:35, Eric Schuele wrote:
Norberto Meijome wrote:
On Sun, 23 Apr 2006 11:02:53 -0500
Eric Schuele <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

I have GDM installed and working. I *do not* have gnome installed. I was hoping GDM would do as XDM and just run my .xsession. But it does not. I would simply like it to be an XDM replacement. I

I stuck my head in a gnome IRC channel and got some pointers. Got it running well now.

So what got it working for you?

Ah, yes... sorry.

So... I had found a few HowTo's on customizing GDM on the web. All said similar things but nothing worked for me. What they said to do *was* important, and in fact was 99% of the work. So here's what I did to get GDM to run my .xsession file (last step did the trick):

 1) install /x11/gdm
 2) make sure you have an ~/.xsession file (setup however you like)
 3) make sure you have #!/bin/sh as first line
 4) make sure ~/.xsession is executable
 5) create a file /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/Sessions/MySession.desktop
    (replace MySession with whatever name you like)
 6) Give it the following contents
    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=This session will run your ~/.xsession
    (feel free to change name and comment to liking)
7) Edit your /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/gdm.conf. Search for SessionDesktopDir. In my conf file it was commented out (plus a typo). So I created a new SessionDesktopDir and pointed it where I placed my *.desktop file. Such as SessionDesktopDir=/usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/Sessions/.

That's it. My new session is now visible, and runs my .xsession seemingly just as XDM had.

There's plenty of eye candy for GDM. I'm sure there is a port in ports that will install some, but haven't looked. I simply copied a dir of themes from a gentoo box.


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