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SLiM (Simple Login Manager)
SLiM is an acronym for Simple Login Manager. If you use one of the lightweight desktop environements like Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox or WindowMaker, you might want to use SLiM.
Slackware ships with two login managers who could theoretically do the job but each have their shortcomings:
- KDM (heavy)
- XDM (visually unappealing)
SLiM doesn't ship with a stock Slackware installation, but you can easily install it from SBo.
Basic configuration (system level)
All login managers (SLiM, GDM, KDM, XDM) are supposed to start in runlevel 4, so make sure this is actually your default runlevel. Take a peek in
/etc/inittab and see if you have the following:
# Default runlevel. (Do not set to 0 or 6) id:4:initdefault:
You can also check the current runlevel of your machine by typing the following command:
# who -r run-level 4 2012-07-04 21:44 last=S
In the example shown above, the current runlevel of your machine is also “4”.
/etc/rc.d/rc.4 and add a few lines to start SLiM automatically on boot. The order is important here. Insert the stanza right before the one that manages GDM, like this:
# Tell the viewers what's going to happen... echo "Starting up X11 session manager..." # Start SLiM... if [ -x /usr/bin/slim ]; then exec /usr/bin/slim fi # Try to use GNOME's gdm session manager. This comes first because if # gdm is on the machine then the user probably installed it and wants # to use it by default: if [ -x /usr/bin/gdm ]; then exec /usr/bin/gdm -nodaemon fi
Basic configuration (user level)
There's one last thing left to do before your shiny new login manager can be put to use. Run the following command as a normal user:
This will launch Slackware's window manager selection dialog box. Choose your window manager (Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox, whatever) and hit OK. This spews out a new
~/.xinitrc file in your home directory. We won't go into the gory details of this file, since the one interesting thing about it is that it enables you to log in using SLiM.
SLiM's main configuration file is
/etc/slim.conf. It's very clear and well commented and pretty much self-explanatory. For example, you might want to decide that you prefer activating
numlock on boot. In that case, just uncomment the relevant line in
slim.conf like this:
# Activate numlock when slim starts. Valid values: on|off numlock on
SLiM's default theme may or may not appeal to you. If the latter is the case, then you can either install another theme, or create your own theme from scratch.
slim build comes with an alternate theme called
slackware-black, created by Frank Caraballo. You can activate this theme by editing the according line in
/etc/slim.conf and replacing
slackware-black, like this:
# current theme, use comma separated list to specify a set to # randomly choose from current_theme slackware-black
The SLiM website has a page with a collection of themes. Installing one or more of these themes is quite simple. Take a look in
/usr/share/slim/themes. You'll see two directories:
slackware-black. To install a theme, simply download the theme tarball and uncompress it in the
/usr/share/slim/themes directory (as root, of course). To activate the theme, edit the
current_theme line in
The site also sports a nice tutorial about your own theme creation.
- Originally written by Niki Kovacs