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Try my wdm package. It's very easy to use and includes (optionally) some animated penguins. When you install it, it configures itself for safe usage giving reboot/halt rights only to root. But you can easily change that to make it possible for regulat users to shutdoen and reboot. Plus, I've designed an easy way to let it handle some session-management functions, such as starting programs before the window manager starts. This lets you do so without altering the xintrc file for each window manager and lets you customize on a per-user, per-WM basis. You don't have to use WindowMaker -just need it installed for the libs.
*drkstr, are you suggesting I install the entire KDE library? That would definitely help things out in the application department, however I would like to keep things economical: as few files as I need to make evertyhing work.
That's not at all what I was suggesting. I said *build* the entire KDE library (so KDM will build correctly without a lot of hacking). You will only *install* KDM and KDMlib which is needed to run KDM.
for example, run these commands from the kdebase root directory
make install DESTDIR=/kdm/build/directory
You will need to run that last command in the kdmlib directory as well.
FYI: I was able to get KDM running on a 256Mb install on my USB thumb drive without installing all of KDE