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Old 03-10-2004, 05:08 AM   #1
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How to make kdm the default login manager?

I installed kde 3.2 i am loving it. However when logging out the only thing i can do is ending the current session. I am not able to reboot or shutdown. I think is because Gdm is the default login manager. How can i change this and make kdm the default login manager?
Old 03-10-2004, 06:02 AM   #2
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Edit /etc/sysconfig/desktop
It should only contain 1 line

Change that to
And Fedora should now use kdm as a login manager.
Old 01-29-2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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I have tried this and it did not work
Old 01-29-2006, 04:40 PM   #4
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You probably also need to add the line


Note that newer versions of KDE (not sure if KDE 3.2 is recent enough) use themes by default, and the default theme under Fedora Core looks almost identical to the Gnome display manager. If you want to disable this, you need to edit /etc/X11/xdm/kdmrc
In the section "[X-*-Greeter]", it should contain a line


Change the word "true" to "false". You should now be able to customise your login screen via the KDE Control Centre.
Old 01-30-2006, 06:23 PM   #5
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At any command line type, as root
switchdesk kde
here is its manual


switchdesk - graphical and text mode interface for choosing desktop

switchdesk [desktop name]

switchdesk provides a simple method of choosing between the various
desktop environments available under Red Hat Linux, including GNOME,
KDE, and FVWM2. If X Windows is running, switchdesk will bring up a
dialog box which allows the user to choose between the available desk-
tops installed on the system. This dialog follows the appearance of
the user’s current desktop as closely as possible. If a desktop name
(KDE, GNOME, XFce4, FVWM, WINDOWMAKER) is supplied as an argument, or X
is not running, switchdesk can be used from the command line.

switchdesk returns 0 on success, 1 on error.
~/.Xclients, ~/.Xclients-default
Stores the currently selected desktop.

Than Ngo <>
Preston Brown <>

4th Berkeley Distribution Mon Feb 14 2000 SWITCHDESK(1)

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