Login Managers and Greeting Screens
I'm using SUSE 7.3 with with KDE 3.0.5 and Xfree 4.11.0 and, after replacing my graphics card (an NVidia TNT2) with an indentical model (the original died), I lost the pretty kde login screen, the one with the nice icons for allowed users, and now have an plain, ugly, grey, text-based login screen?
The kde login manager does not appear to work properly when applying changes (a known bug apparenty) and I have been through all the things I can think of. Strangely, the configuration in kdmrc appears to be identical to another machine where the nice, icon-based login screen does appear correctly. Here is the part that I believe matters.
FailFont=Nimbus Sans l,12,-1,5,74,0,0,0,0,0
GreetFont=Nimbus Sans l,20,-1,5,48,0,0,0,0,0
GreetString=SuSE Linux 7.3.99 (%h)
StdFont=Nimbus Sans l,12,-1,5,48,0,0,0,0,0
Question is: which file determines what login/greeting screen is displayed and how can I force it to be read...
Thanks in advance for any pointers
Plain, ugly, grey, text-based?
Sorry, my mistake - it always looks so clear and concise when you type it in, doesn't it? X starts, no problems and the system itself performs faultlessly otherwise. The grey screen I refer to is the GUI login/Welcome screen, where you fill in the users name/password by typing them in as text in order to fire up a KDE session - and, indeed this starts as normal. It is this initial "Login/Welcome" screen (I use the term "Welcome" only because this is the term used in the docu/man pages) that is the problem for me in that before I had to replace the dead graphics card (for an indentical nVidia TNT2 - 32MB), I had the nice KDE login screen with the users shown as ICONS and the SUSE background wallpaper. Whatever I seem to do now to the kdmrc file, either by means of YAST or directly in the file itself appears to make no difference.
Don't get me wrong, this is about as far from a show stopper as you can get. But it would be nice to know how to fix it and so far a solution has eluded me...
sounds more like xdm than kdm
That was it! I did a find -exec grep of /etc and found that an instance of xdm in the rc.config. Perhaps it was always so and only became a problem after the graphic controller went kaboom, though I find this hard to believe. Whatever, I changed the setting to kdm, which was the setting in the SUSE 8.0 clients and the pretty-little welcome screen has been reincarnated. I think my confusion can be laid at the door of so much of /etc being change between SUSE 7.3 and 8.0 that I was not looking in the right places.
Thanks anyway for pointing me in the right direction and keep up the good work.