On Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 09:14  AM, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:

On Thu, 2003-02-06 at 12:07, Mark Edwards wrote:
1) Is there any way to run xscreensaver with gdm2?  With gdm, there
was a Background option in the config tool, but that's gone.
What do you mean? Run xscreensaver while gdm itself is running (i.e. no
user logged in)? I've never done this, but there are quite a few
configuration options in the /usr/X11R6/etc/gdm/gdm.conf that are not in
the GUI tool.
I figured this out. gdm2 has removed the BackgroundProgram feature from the configuration gui, but it still exists in gdm.conf. You have to set

BackgroundProgram=/usr/X11R6/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash

and also


However, it doesn't seem to work with the new graphical greeter. That's what got me. Use the default greeter, and set the above settings in gdm.conf (and put an .xscreensaver in the gdm home directory) and you get xscreensaver during the login window.

2) gdm2 crashes if I go to the configure tool, close, then go to the
configure tool again.  I saw this same behavior in gdm, and it was
solved by starting via /etc/ttys, I think.  Is there anyway to fix
this?  Basically, once I go to the configure tool, I have to resart
gdm2 if I want to go to the configure tool again.
I haven't seen this, but I'll take a look.
I think I spoke too quickly on this one. It appears that on second load, the gdm configure tool just takes a really long time on my machine. I mistook this for the crashing that I saw with gdm under gnome 1.4, which I originally solved by a re-install. Sorry for the false alarm!

3) I followed the directions to get font anti-aliasing working, and I
do have GDK_USE_XFT set to 1 via .gnomerc.  However, I don't see any
difference in anti-aliasing.  There was some anti-aliasing before I
did anything at all, for instance in mozilla some fonts are
anti-aliased.  But there is none in the gnome2 desktop even after the
new settings.  What am I missing?  Do I just need to add the proper
fonts or something?
You need to make sure your XftConfig is setup correctly, and you have
the latest freetype2. It hardly merits any work now as I'm on the verge
of committing GNOME 2.2 which no longer requires GDK_USE_XFT.
I've done a bit of work on this, despite your suggestion not to, and I'm still coming up short. I found a tutorial that suggests

xdpyinfo | grep -c -i render

as a test to see if XFree86 is including render support. Doing this on my system returns 0 instead 1 which the tutorial says is necessary for anti-aliasing. The tutorial says "wait until XFree86 supports Render on your graphics card." This is an old machine with an ATI Mach64 CT, so I would believe it is unsupported, however ...

What's strange is that anti-aliasing is clearly occurring in a few places for me, most notably in Mozilla. In Mozilla Mail, a message displayed in fixed-width font (Courier) is quite clearly anti-aliased, next to a variable-width font (Times) that is not. Zooming the text to 600% makes this quite evident.

I also have seen anti-aliased text in the gdm2 graphic greeter. These two examples existed even before I had added GDK_USE_XFT to my environment, or followed any of the directions in the FAQ for enabling anti-aliased text. So, there is anti-aliasing going on without any settings whatsoever, but following the directions in the FAQ, adding all my font directories to XftConfig, and setting "match edit antialias=true;" in that file, still results in most fonts not being anti-aliased.

Any thoughts on what is wrong?

Mark Edwards
San Francisco, CA

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