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Old 07-22-2007, 05:26 PM   #1
Vitalie Ciubotaru
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Question Graphical login for XFce?


Hi there,

I built XFce a couple of days ago and I'm having a lot of fun with it. So far, it's the best desktop manager I had.
However, Gnome [didn't try KDE] has a nice graphical login application, while starting XFce in an automated manner is a problem for me. In runlevel 5 I get X login screen, which will start whatever ~/.xsession tells it to. This is not bad [every user can have his own graphical environment], but I'd rather have something more consistent with XFce.
Another problem related to starting XFce this way is that after quitting it I get back to X login screen [so there's no "normal" way to shutdown/reboot the system].
Any hints?

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Old 07-22-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Xfce does not have a graphical login. If you don't like the X login you can use the KDE one. Just make sure you select the Xfce session.

You could also boot to the console and startx but it does not sound like you want that.

You should be able to shutdown the computer directly from the Xfce GUI. You have to have your user setup to shutdown the computer, however, or use sudo to allow it.

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Old 07-22-2007, 10:33 PM   #3
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You can use GDM or KDM. Shut-down and re-boot are dealt with in the old documentation.
 
Old 07-23-2007, 11:21 PM   #4
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xdm is also an alternative...
 
Old 07-27-2007, 10:54 AM   #5
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xdm is also an alternative...
That's exactly the alternative I'm trying to get rid of.
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Xfce does not have a graphical login.
I see... but how do other XFce users [and other distributions] get it started?
So it looks like I have to compile Gnome or KDE [which is quite a lot of work/time] in order to get a graphical login for XFce... Well, here I go then.
 
Old 07-27-2007, 11:18 AM   #6
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I use Xfce on my old PII laptop and I do not use a graphical login at all. I boot the box to the console and then run startx if I want to start Xfce.

A graphical login really has no advantage; It is simply a prettier way to login. In fact, in some cases, I find it to be a disadvantage. For one, if you do a lot of kernel hacking, always running X is a waste of resources and can complicate certain tasks when you just want to run simple tests. In addition, I often just want to do some quick system admin tasks and I don't need X. By default I get six or so consoles, but if I boot to X I only get one. In short, if I don't need it I don't use it.

The main reason I see people needing GUI logins is if they have people that share their computer that would freak out if they did not have one.

I don't really understand why you don't like XDM. If you don't want to see the XDM login at all you can boot to the console. As I said before you can still shut down the computer from the Xfce GUI IF the permissions are setup properly (using groups or sudo).

If you don't plan on using the GNOME of KDE libraries I would not waste my time compiling and installing them.

If you have to pick between the GNOME and KDE login I would suggest KDE.

Also, if you would like to try a simple, very resource conscious distro that uses Xfce try Zenwalk linux (http://www.zenwalk.org/). The graphical login is already setup and looks nice (see the screen shots page). There is a liveCD, too.
 
Old 07-27-2007, 04:10 PM   #7
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So it looks like I have to compile Gnome or KDE [which is quite a lot of work/time] in order to get a graphical login for XFce... Well, here I go then.
GDM does not require many dependencies, if you tell it to ignore the scrollkeeper dependency. Use the BLFS development book, or my small build summary.

It took me an hour or so to get gdm + dependencies compiled and running.
 
Old 08-05-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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Well, I compiled KDE-libs and KDE-base and now I have a functional graphical login screen. Thanks everybody!!!
 
  


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