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See [[Display Manager]] for detailed instructions.
See [[Display Manager]] for detailed instructions.
== Required Configuration ==
Lightdm will only show a blank screen until a greeter is chosen.  Define one in {{ic| /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf}} as follows:
Additional greeters are available in the [[AUR]]. To see which greeters are installed, look in {{ic|/usr/share/xgreeters}}. Do not include the .desktop extension.
{{Note|The following requires [http://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/xorg-server-xephyr/ xorg-server-xephyr] to be installed.}}
It is possible to test lightdm with the following command:
{{bc|$ lightdm --test-mode -c /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf}}
== Optional Configuration and Tweaks ==
== Optional Configuration and Tweaks ==

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Lightdm LightDM is a cross-desktop display manager that aims to be the standard display manager for the X.org X server.


Currently, lightdmAUR resides in the AUR. Install it like any other AUR package.

Enabling Lightdm

Lightdm can be loaded on startup by entering it in the daemons array in rc.conf, or by appending the following line to inittab:

x:5:respawn:/usr/sbin/lightdm 2>&1 /dev/null
Note: The 'inittab' method is the preferred method to use a graphical greeter.

For systems using systemd, Lightdm also has a systemd service file, start it with systemctl start lightdm.service or enable it for boot with systemctl enable lightdm.service.

See Display Manager for detailed instructions.

Optional Configuration and Tweaks

Changing Background Images/Colors

Users wishing to customize the wallpaper on the greeter screen need to edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf defining the background variable.


Note: It is recommended to place png or jpg files in /usr/share/pixmaps since the lightdm user needs read access to the wallpaper file.

Users wishing to have a flat color (no image) may simply set the background variable to a hex color.



Changing the Icon

Users wishing to customize the icon (by default, the 'computer' graphic) should follow this 3-step procedure:

  1. Copy a 64x64 image to /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices
  2. Run gtk-update-icon-cache /usr/share/icons/hicolor
  3. Edit /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui

Search for 'image1' and edit the 'property' xml to be the filename (less the extension). By default it should be 'computer' by default.

Sources of Arch-centric 64x64 Icons

The archlinux-artwork package in [extra] contains some nice examples that install to /usr/share/archlinux/icons and that can be copied to /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices as follows:

# find /usr/share/archlinux/icons -name "*64*" -exec cp {} /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices \;

After copying, the archlinux-artwork package can be removed.

Enabling Autologin

Edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf and change these lines to:


NumLock ON

Install the numlockx package and the edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf adding the following line:

greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on