[SATLUG] Need help with KateOS
donguitar at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 21:13:46 CDT 2008
KateOS is an installable live CD and its most recent incarnation, 3.6,
is very impressive. It installs pretty much like any of the more
popular Linux distros though it doesn't automatically partition the HDD,
gparted pops open and the gparted help file isn't included on the CD but
there's a terminal icon on the toolbar underneath the gparted window,
the root password is simple "kate" (w/o quotes) and cfdisk is onboard (I
had to learn how to use cfdisk when I learned to install DSL). Kate
uses Xfce and something called "slim" (along with XDM I think) when it's
booting up. I can't figure out how to get it to login automatically so
I installed GDM with the package manager (because I know how to login
automatically with GDM or KDM), and it'll work with Xfce (of course) but
I can't figure out how to turn it on, or maybe I should say invoke it,
I'm not sure of the nomenclature but I want it switch to GDM, which I've
already configured to login automatically. (any other method of getting
it to automatically login to the user account would be ok too)
I did some googling, talked to some folks on the kateos IRC channel (@
freenode); I didn't find an answer, but it's possible I have some clues
which may help wiser heads put me on the right track.
A fellow on the IRC channel told me that Kate uses slim. He couldn't
tell me more than that but I was able to find the slim.conf file:
# Path, X server and arguments (if needed)
# Note: -xauth $authfile is automatically appended
#xserver_arguments -dpi 75
# Commands for halt, login, etc.
halt_cmd /sbin/shutdown -h now
reboot_cmd /sbin/shutdown -r now
# Full path to the xauth binary
# Xauth file for server
# Activate numlock when slim starts. Valid values: on|off
# numlock on
# Hide the mouse cursor (note: does not work with some WMs).
# Valid values: true|false
# hidecursor false
# This command is executed after a succesful login.
# you can place the %session and %theme variables
# to handle launching of specific commands in .xinitrc
# depending of chosen session and slim theme
# NOTE: if your system does not have bash you need
# to adjust the command according to your preferred shell,
# i.e. for freebsd use:
# login_cmd exec /bin/sh - ~/.xinitrc %session
login_cmd if [ ! -f ~/.xinitrc ] ; then exec /bin/sh -login
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc ; else exec /bin/sh -login ~/.xinitrc ; fi
# Commands executed when starting and exiting a session.
# They can be used for registering a X11 session with
# sessreg. You can use the %user variable
# sessionstart_cmd some command
# sessionstop_cmd some command
# Start in daemon mode. Valid values: yes | no
# Note that this can overridden by the command line
# option "-d"
# Available sessions (first one is the default).
# The current chosen session name is replaced in the login_cmd
# above, so your login command can handle different sessions.
# see the xinitrc.sample file shipped with slim sources
# Executed when pressing F11 (requires imagemagick)
screenshot_cmd import -window root /slim.png
# welcome message. Available variables: %host, %domain
welcome_msg Welcome to KateOS
# shutdown / reboot messages
shutdown_msg The system is halting...
reboot_msg The system is rebooting...
# default user, leave blank or remove this line
# for avoid pre-loading the username.
# current theme, use comma separated list to specify a set to
# randomly choose from
# Lock file
# Log file
and I also found the xdm-config file:
! $Xorg: xdm-conf.cpp,v 1.3 2000/08/17 19:54:17 cpqbld Exp $
! $XdotOrg: $
! $XFree86: xc/programs/xdm/config/xdm-conf.cpp,v 1.10 2002/11/30
19:11:32 herrb Exp $
DisplayManager.willing: su nobody -c /usr/lib/X11/xdm/Xwilling
! All displays should use authorization, but we cannot be sure
! X terminals may not be configured that way, so they will require
! individual resource settings.
! The following three resources set up display :0 as the console.
! SECURITY: do not listen for XDMCP or Chooser requests
! Comment out this line if you want to manage X terminals with xdm
Suggestions will be greatly appreciated and the solution, if found, will
probably become a tutorial on my website (with credit where due). :)
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