Hi Archies :)
Using this wiki gave us some little trouble since both methods (1st & Alternate method) do say nothing about necessary ~/.xinitrc configuration.
Yes this is "not to mention" to lot of people.
But some may be in the same situation than me, who did not use .xinitrc before, since I always start from command line : startxfce4 / kde / whatever WM Thereafter I didn't check the ~/.xinitrc file since we installed Arch Linux. And it showed the wrong configuration like "exec fluxbox" --but we do not have that WM installed...
So to say we spent a bunch of time googling before I thought about the .xinitrc :(
I suggest to add a line about one needs to check his ~/.xinitrc after point 5. (Alternate Method)
non-us keyboard mapping
hi there :)
as non-us keyboard user, I notice that gdm only uses the default us keyboard map. With the new version of xorg, which uses hal to auto-configure the hardware, it's not possible to force different layout anymore.
The only thing I found working is to create the file
/etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi and put this content on it:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <deviceinfo version="0.2"> <device> <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keymap"> <append key="info.callouts.add" type="strlist">hal-setup-keymap</append> </match> <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys"> <merge key="input.xkb.rules" type="string">base</merge> <match key="/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/computer:system.kernel.name" string="Linux"> <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">evdev</merge> </match> <merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">YOUR KEYBOARD LAYOUT</merge> <merge key="input.xkb.variant" type="string">YOUR KEYBOARD LAYOUT VARIANT</merge> </match> </device> </deviceinfo>
The two strings for the respective keys input.xkb.layout and ~variant, should be the same of those that xorg used to load via xorg.conf, under Device section: "XkbLayout" and "XkbVariant".
I use a Swiss keyboard, French variant, so for the xorg.conf standard method it was:
/etc/X11/xorg.conf (just keyboard section)
Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard0" Driver "kbd" Option "XkbModel" "pc105" Option "XkbLayout" "ch" Option "XkbVariant" "fr" EndSection
and with the new hotplug method it will be:
/etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi (just the keymap key entries)
<merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">ch</merge> <merge key="input.xkb.variant" type="string">fr</merge>
This way it works, and now I can log in using my keyboard layout, so I won't type the wrong password anymore. Hope this help :)
PS: disable the hotplug feature by putting
/etc/X11/xorg.conf (hotplug disable)
Section "ServerFlags" Option "AutoAddDevices" "False" EndSection
did not solve the problem: gdm still use the default us layout.
and PS2: sorry for the english :) grammar correction will be appreciated :)
Where is the listing of login managers? - KitchM 01:18, 10 November 2009 (EST)
IMHO, a display manager is not a login manager. The login manager handles just the part of the process that gives the user a place to login and interfaces with the OS authorization process to recognize the user. The display manager can provide a login manager, but primarily handles the starting of the rest of the graphical interface by starting a new session on a local or remote system.
In the first place a user is given the green light to use the system, but nothing further occurs. In the second, the user is given the interface with which to work.
I think we need to be a little more precise and clear, and there should be more details. - KitchM