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Bug 88389 - cant start xdm or kdm due to wrong variable name in prefdm
cant start xdm or kdm due to wrong variable name in prefdm
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: xinitrc (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
Jay Turner
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Reported: 2003-04-09 13:51 EDT by Jan
Modified: 2015-01-07 19:04 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-04-11 19:14:28 EDT
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Description Jan 2003-04-09 13:51:13 EDT
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Description of problem:
> In /etc/sysconfig is a file "desktop" which contains e.g. the line:
> DESKTOP=GNOME. It is sourced by /etc/X11/prefdm.
> However, in prefdm the variable which is tested to decide which
> display manager to start, is $DISPLAYMANAGER. The test is always
> false, so $preferred is always gdm.
> If you want kdm you need to add "DISPLAYMANAGER=kdm" into
> /etc/sysconfig/desktop. Maybe you can even delete the line
> DESKTOP=KDE, but I don't know if any other script relies on this
> variable being set.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. change value for DESKTOP in /etc/sysconfig
2. re-start X
3. Display Manager is still GDM

Actual Results:  Display Manager is still GDM

Expected Results:  Display Manager should be KDM

Additional info: This already happened in Red Hat 8
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2003-04-11 19:14:28 EDT
Sorry, but you're mistaken here.  There are two variables involved.

DESKTOP - selects which desktop environment you wish to use - GNOME/KDE/etc
DISPLAYMANAGER - selects which display manager you wish to use - xdm/kdm/gdm

This is the way it has always worked, and it is fully documented in the
manuals.  If you want a different display manager than what you're given
by default, then you *MUST* set DISPLAYMANAGER.  prefdm is doing the right

Closing NOTABUG.

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