[SOLVED] Lightdm - cannot figure out how to change default xsession - Debian Wheezy
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Lightdm - cannot figure out how to change default xsession - Debian Wheezy
I have installed Lightdm as my login manager for debian wheezy. I have three Desktop Environments/Window Managers installed: LXDE, XFCE4 and awesome. As soon as my machine boots, I am presented with the login screen, where I enter my username/password. There is also a drop down box where I can choose which DE/WM to use.
The problem is that the drop down box always defaults to "Default Xsession", which appears to be LXDE. I use XFCE4 most, and therefore I wish to set "Default XSession" to be XFCE4 so that I don't have to change the option with the drop down menu to manually log into XFCE4.
I have tried editing /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and changing user-session under [SeatDefaults] to a number of things, such as startxfce4, xfce4-session, xfce-session, xfce4, etc... None of those worked.
How do I change the Default Xsession so that it logs into XFCE4 by default, not LXDE?
Distribution: Debian Wheezy, Jessie, Sid/Experimental, playing with LFS.
What DE were you sing when you installed it? I think if you installed it when you were in LXDE that would become the default. If this is the case completely remove it and then reinstall it when you are in XFCE.
I logged into XFCE and ran those two commands. After the second command, I chose lightdm instead of xdm to be my login manager. However, upon a reboot, "Default XSession" always logged me in with LXDE.
I now only have XDM installed, and logging in through that also logs me in with LXDE.
I went into /usr/share/xsessions and found a file called lightdm-xsession.desktop. I then edited lightdm-xsession.desktop, and found a command "exec".
Simply changing this "exec" from "default" to "startxfce4"
I found another solution.
The Debian manual page  says each user can select a different default windows manager using the "exec ..." command in own home folder (in "~/.xsession" file).
And it works form me in Debian Wheezy.
I had a virtually identical challenge with wheezy stable, I switched from LXDE to a plain openbox WM and had to select it manually for each login. To change the default you need to change the symlink at /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager to point at the appropriate session starter (so I needed to point it at /usr/bin/openbox-session).
The easiest way to accomplish this (the way I actually did it) is to use update-alternatives:
# update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
you will get a list of options, select xcfe and you will be set.