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Old 08-31-2003, 04:25 AM   #1
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Angry xdm, xsetbg -- not working with background image

i've been trying to get xdm to display an alternative background image because the one that comes with Debian sucks.

in the Xsetup file i have a line:

xsetbg -shrink /etc/X11/xdm/picture.jpg &

this will not work.

i can run xinit then run the above command and it works. it just won't work for xdm for some reason. i keep getting this god awful cross hatches.

i also tried using xli which does the same thing, it actually just makes the background white instead, but won't display the image.

Anybody have any suggestions?

Old 08-31-2003, 11:52 AM   #2
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Ive forgotten how to set an image background for xdm, but recently had it running with a screensaver background, maybe you want to try it. Just put:

/usr/X11R6/lib/xscreensaver/yourfavoritescreensaver -root &

in Xsetup
Old 08-31-2003, 12:00 PM   #3
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could someone try the xsetbg for me

could someone try the xsetbg for me.

In Debian, you need to make sure the xloadimage package is installed.

Edit the /etc/X11/xdm/Xsetup and/or Xsetup_0 file(s) and put something like:

/usr/bin/xsetbg /path/to/image/image.jpg &

this will not work for me, and i want to pimp out the login screen, however i don't wanna clog up my box with all the Gnome stuff..

thanks much..


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