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Old 07-01-2013, 08:20 PM   #1
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Question Alternative login manager


Although I really like KDE and all its features, recently I started to play with XFCE.

One thing that I couldn't find so far is a login manager that does the following actions:
- allow multiple X sessions; and
- have the option to reboot/shutdown buttons.

So far I tried lxdm, but I couldn't make it work... I am probably missing something in the setup.

One that I really liked was SLIM, but unfortunately it doesn't have the above options.

So, please let me know which login managers you are using with Slackware and if possible, let me know if you used the above features.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #2
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I use gdm whenever I want to use a display manager. usually though I don't use one and simply use the console.
 
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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I also prefer to boot-up in run level three. startx
 
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:11 AM   #4
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Hi Isaque,

you would be looking into the old gdm 2.x package
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.0/system/gdm/

in the config file you can use the following options:

gdm.conf file (bottum):

[servers]
0=Standard vt7
1=Standard -xf86config [filename] vt8


I don't think a newer login manager will be logical, as they use systemd/logind for your requests
the shutdown and log-off buttons should be normally in every login manager
 
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:50 AM   #5
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runlevel 3: startx
 
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #6
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runlevel 3: startx
Same here, ctrl+alt+f1-f6 for consoles, f7-f12 for X sessions, really KISS

But I understand what you're saying isaque , if you boot (or logout from X)
with KDM (or other) and press ctrl+alt+f8, it should display a new graphical login.
Maybe there's a configuration for this.
 
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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runlevel 3: startx
I even configured up my Debian to do that.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 12:55 AM   #8
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slim.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 01:51 AM   #9
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The OP has stated he already tried (and liked) SLiM but it didn't come with the KDM features he was looking for.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 01:51 AM   #10
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slim does not allow multiple X sessions unless you start multiple slim instances on multiple TTY's(VTE's)
 
Old 07-03-2013, 06:12 AM   #11
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psionl0

slim does not allow multiple X sessions unless you start multiple slim instances on multiple TTY's(VTE's)
Right, but I really would like to have that only when I needed or it would be a waste of resources.

Here at home sometimes I need to step aside my main desktop because my son wants to play with it. So instead of closing everything in my desktop, I just open a new session for him, using KDE's "change user" feature.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 06:14 AM   #12
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I also prefer to boot-up in run level three. startx
That would be no problem if just me used the box, but my wife and kid use it too and although my son already know how to use a mouse, he barely know how to use a keyboard (he can type his user/pass, he's 4).
 
Old 07-03-2013, 06:16 AM   #13
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Hi Isaque,

you would be looking into the old gdm 2.x package
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.0/system/gdm/

in the config file you can use the following options:

gdm.conf file (bottum):

[servers]
0=Standard vt7
1=Standard -xf86config [filename] vt8


I don't think a newer login manager will be logical, as they use systemd/logind for your requests
the shutdown and log-off buttons should be normally in every login manager
Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try.
 
Old 07-03-2013, 08:33 AM   #14
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Here at home sometimes I need to step aside my main desktop because my son wants to play with it. So instead of closing everything in my desktop, I just open a new session for him, using KDE's "change user" feature.
Isaque: below is a way of doing it which will allow you to start a second X display and keep your first X display intact.

(You might need to start the machine at runlevel 3 for the following to work. Edit /etc/inittab to set this option if so.)

When you start the machine at runlevel 3 type startx to start your own X session. On Slackware this starts X at virtual terminal VT7; you can check this by typing CTRL+ALT+F8 which will give you a blank TTY and then returning to your X session on VT7 by typing CTRL+ALT+F7.

To start a second display server on virtual terminal VT8 all you have to do is use the following command on one of the virtual terminals from CTRL+ALT+F2 to CTRL+ALT+F6. On Slackware these are reserved as text terminals and CTRL+ALT+F7 to CTRL+ALT+F12 are reserved for X displays.

Let's say you have KDE on VT7, which you started by typing startx when the machine boots up.

Now you can start Xfce on VT8 without touching your KDE:

Code:
ctrl+alt+F2
[login]
xinit /usr/bin/startxfce4 -- :1
If you type CTRL+ALT+F7 you will be returned to your KDE session on display :0. If you type CTRL+ALT+F8 you will be taken to your Xfce session on display :1

You can start other desktop environments or window managers on one of the other spare VTs.

For example:

Code:
ctrl+alt+F3
[login]
xinit /usr/bin/fluxbox -- :2
Now you have three X sessions running: KDE at CTRL+ALT+F7, Xfce at CTRL+ALT+F8, and Fluxbox at CTRL+ALT+F9.

I hope this helps. It is easier than finding the right display manager, and on Slackware it is always sure to work.

Last edited by gezley; 07-03-2013 at 08:37 AM.
 
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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Isaque: below is a way of doing it which will allow you to start a second X display and keep your first X display intact...
Thanks for the info and detailed description, but I really would like to have a GUI option.
 
  


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