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{{Article summary start}}
 
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{{Article summary text|Provides an overview of the Light Display Manager.}}
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{{Article summary text|Provides an overview and setup of the Light Display Manager.}}
 
{{Article summary heading|Related}}
 
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{{Article summary wiki|Display Manager}}
 
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== Installation ==
 
== Installation ==
You can install {{AUR|lightdm}} from the [[AUR]].
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{{warning|1=Lightdm changes your $PATH and it might create issues. See [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=982145#p982145] for how to fix the $PATH.}}
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Currently,  {{AUR|lightdm}} resides in the [[AUR]].  Install it like any other AUR package.
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=== Greeter===
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You will also need {{AUR|lightdm-gtk-greeter}} from the [[AUR]].
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Other greeters can be installed:
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* {{AUR|lightdm-webkit-greeter}}
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* {{AUR|lightdm-crowd-greeter}}
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* {{AUR|lightdm-kde}}
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* {{AUR|lightdm-unity-greeter}}
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To change the default greeter ({{AUR|lightdm-gtk-greeter}}) edit the lightdm PKGBUILD and change the line
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--with-greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter
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to
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--with-greeter-session=lightdm-yourgreeter-greeter
  
 
== Enabling Lightdm ==
 
== Enabling Lightdm ==
Lightdm can be loaded on startup by entering it in your daemons array in {{ic|rc.conf}}, or by appending the following line to {{ic|inittab}}:
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=== Using Initscripts ===
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Lightdm can be loaded on startup by entering it in the daemons array in {{ic|rc.conf}}, or by modifying {{ic|inittab}} so it points to lightdm:
 
  x:5:respawn:/usr/sbin/lightdm >& /dev/null
 
  x:5:respawn:/usr/sbin/lightdm >& /dev/null
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{{Note|The 'inittab' method is the preferred method to use a graphical greeter. See [[Display_Manager#inittab_method]].}}
  
If you're using systemd, Lightdm also has a systemd service file, start it with {{ic|systemctl start lightdm.service}} or enable it for boot with {{ic|systemctl enable lightdm.service}}.
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{{Note|Lightdm needs [[dbus]] to be running.  If you get an error about "respawing too fast" you may have forgotten this.  Ensure that dbus is in your [[DAEMONS]] array in {{ic|rc.conf}}.}}
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=== Using Systemd ===
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For systems using systemd, Lightdm also has a systemd service file, start it with {{ic|systemctl start lightdm.service}} or enable it for boot with {{ic|systemctl enable lightdm.service}}.
  
 
See [[Display Manager]] for detailed instructions.
 
See [[Display Manager]] for detailed instructions.
  
== Configuration ==
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== Optional Configuration and Tweaks ==
Lightdm will only show a blank screen until a greeter is chosen. Open the The configuration file at
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=== Changing Background Images/Colors ===
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
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Users wishing to customize the wallpaper on the greeter screen need to edit {{ic|/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf}} defining the '''background''' variable.
Find the {{ic|1=#greeter-session=}} option, uncomment it, and change it to the greeter of your choice. For example, to use the default gtk3 greeter, change it to this:
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greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter
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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 when setting your greeter.
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Example:
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background=/usr/share/pixmaps/black_and_white_photography-wallpaper-1920x1080.jpg
  
It is possible to test lightdm with the following command:
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{{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.}}
{{bc|$ lightdm --test-mode -c /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf}}
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Note that this requires [http://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/xorg-server-xephyr/ xorg-server-xephyr] to be installed, first.
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Users wishing to have a flat color (no image) may simply set the '''background''' variable to a hex color.
  
== NumLock ON ==
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Example:
Install {{ic|numlockx}}.
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background=#000000
  
for lightDM to turn your NumLock On do this:
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=== Changing the Icon ===
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Users wishing to customize the icon on the greeter screen need to edit {{ic|/etc/lightdm/lightdm-gtk-greeter.conf}} defining the '''logo''' variable.
  
  # gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
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Example:
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  logo=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices/archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg
  
add the next line at the end:
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==== Sources of Arch-centric 64x64 Icons ====
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The archlinux-artwork package in [extra] contains some nice examples that install to {{ic|/usr/share/archlinux/icons}} and that can be copied to {{ic|/usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices}} as follows:
  
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# find /usr/share/archlinux/icons -name "*64*" -exec cp {} /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices \;
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After copying, the archlinux-artwork package can be removed.
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=== Enabling Autologin ===
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Edit {{ic|/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf}} and change these lines to:
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[SeatDefaults]
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autologin-user=your_user
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autologin-user-timeout=0
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pam-service=lightdm-autologin
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==== PAM settings ====
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Lightdm goes through PAM even when autologin is enabled. You must make sure that
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PAM allows the login without prompting for a password.
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Create a new group called, say, {{ic|autologin}} and add yourself to the group:
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  groupadd autologin
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  gpasswd -a ''username'' autologin
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Edit {{ic|/etc/pam.d/lightdm-autologin}} and locate the line "auth required pam_unix.so". Add new lines before and after it so that the section now reads:
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  auth [success=1 default=ignore] pam_succeed_if.so user ingroup autologin
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  auth required pam_unix.so
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  auth optional pam_permit.so
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This ensures that the user will not be asked for a password when logging in through Lightdm autologin.
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=== NumLock ON ===
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Install the {{ic|numlockx}} package and the edit {{ic| /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf}} adding the following line:
 
  greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on
 
  greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on
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=== User switching under xfce4 ===
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With the release of xfce4 v4.10, user switching is supported natively.  To use it with lightdm, users need only to create a symlink:
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# ln -s /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm/gdmflexiserver /usr/bin/gdmflexiserver
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Alternatively, see the [[https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xscreensaver#LXDM Xscreensaver#Lightdm]] article.

Revision as of 17:43, 3 November 2012

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Provides an overview and setup of the Light Display Manager.
Related
Display Manager

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

Installation

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

Greeter

You will also need lightdm-gtk-greeterAUR from the AUR.

Other greeters can be installed:

To change the default greeter (lightdm-gtk-greeterAUR) edit the lightdm PKGBUILD and change the line

--with-greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter

to

--with-greeter-session=lightdm-yourgreeter-greeter

Enabling Lightdm

Using Initscripts

Lightdm can be loaded on startup by entering it in the daemons array in rc.conf, or by modifying inittab so it points to lightdm:

x:5:respawn:/usr/sbin/lightdm >& /dev/null
Note: The 'inittab' method is the preferred method to use a graphical greeter. See Display_Manager#inittab_method.
Note: Lightdm needs dbus to be running. If you get an error about "respawing too fast" you may have forgotten this. Ensure that dbus is in your DAEMONS array in rc.conf.

Using Systemd

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.

Example:

background=/usr/share/pixmaps/black_and_white_photography-wallpaper-1920x1080.jpg
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.

Example:

background=#000000

Changing the Icon

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

Example:

logo=/usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices/archlinux-icon-crystal-64.svg

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:

[SeatDefaults]
autologin-user=your_user
autologin-user-timeout=0
pam-service=lightdm-autologin

PAM settings

Lightdm goes through PAM even when autologin is enabled. You must make sure that PAM allows the login without prompting for a password.

Create a new group called, say, autologin and add yourself to the group:

 groupadd autologin
 gpasswd -a username autologin

Edit /etc/pam.d/lightdm-autologin and locate the line "auth required pam_unix.so". Add new lines before and after it so that the section now reads:

 auth [success=1 default=ignore] pam_succeed_if.so user ingroup autologin
 auth required pam_unix.so
 auth optional pam_permit.so

This ensures that the user will not be asked for a password when logging in through Lightdm autologin.

NumLock ON

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

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

User switching under xfce4

With the release of xfce4 v4.10, user switching is supported natively. To use it with lightdm, users need only to create a symlink:

# ln -s /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm/gdmflexiserver /usr/bin/gdmflexiserver

Alternatively, see the [Xscreensaver#Lightdm] article.