The GDM package contains GNOME's Display Manager daemon. This is useful for allowing configurable graphical logins.
Download (HTTP): http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gdm/2.6/gdm-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
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Estimated build time: 0.5 SBU
It is recommended to have a dedicated user and group to take control of the gdm-binary daemon after it is started. Issue the following commands as the root user:
groupadd -g 21 gdm && useradd -c "GDM Daemon Owner" -d /dev/null -g gdm -s /bin/bash -u 21 gdm
Install GDM by running the following commands as an unprivileged user:
./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0` \ --libexecdir=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`/sbin \ --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome --localstatedir=/var/lib \ --with-pam-prefix=/etc && make
This package does not come with a test suite.
Now, as the root user:
make install && chmod -v 644 --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`\ /share/gdm/BuiltInSessions/default.desktop && chmod -v 644 --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0`\ /share/xsessions/gnome.desktop
--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome: This command puts configuration files in /etc/gnome instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc.
--localstatedir=/var/lib: This command puts files in /var/lib instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/var. This also has the downside affect of using /var/lib/log/gdm as the log directory. See the “Configuration Information” section below for information how to relocate the log file directory.
--with-pam-prefix=/etc: This command puts PAM configuration files in /etc/pam.d instead of /etc/gnome.
If desired, change the directory containing the GDM log files to the /var/log hierarchy by modifying the /etc/gnome/gdm/gdm.conf configuration file as the root user:
sed -i -e "s|var/lib/log|var/log|" /etc/gnome/gdm/gdm.conf
The GDM PAM config files contain modules not present in a BLFS installation. The following commands will replace those files (issue as the root user):
cat > /etc/pam.d/gdm << "EOF" auth required pam_unix.so auth required pam_nologin.so account required pam_unix.so password required pam_unix.so session required pam_unix.so EOF cat > /etc/pam.d/gdm-autologin << "EOF" auth required pam_env.so auth required pam_nologin.so auth required pam_permit.so account required pam_unix.so password required pam_unix.so session required pam_unix.so EOF
gdm can be tested by executing it from a root console.
To start a graphical login at boot, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/gdm init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-6.1 package. If your GNOME_PREFIX environment variable is anything other than /usr or /opt/gnome-2.10, you will need to modify the PATH statement in the script to include the path where you have GNOME installed.
To autostart with a graphical login, edit /etc/inittab so that the line containing:
is changed to:
is a wrapper script to execute the GDM binary, the configurable GNOME based login prompt.
is an application for selecting XDMCP enabled hosts on the local network.
is a graphical interface to edit the gdm.conf file.
sends the HUP signal to the GDM daemon so that it restarts. It's used after the config file is edited
sends the USR1 signal to the GDM daemon so that it restarts. It's used after the config file is edited.
is an application for managing the configuration of the entire GDM applications suite. It handles look and feel, security, XDMCP, GDMchooser and more.
Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600