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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

replacing kdm/gdm/slim with qingy

qingy is not getty. and surely it is not x display manager. but it's a getty replacement. just like getty, it ask you for login and let you access your linux according to your login. beyond login, qingy can give you X session in addition to text/console session. you can even start multiple X session at once.
so, it's (almost) a perfect replacement for any x display manager like kdm/gdm/slim/xdm/wdm. especially usefull for ubuntu / debian minimal desktop installation. save you a lot of system resources on legacy computers.

first, remove any display manager you have:
sudo aptitude purge kdm gdm slim xdm wdm

easily install it on debian/ubuntu:
sudo aptitude install qingy

now, to make qingy works on ubuntu minimal desktop, edit file as follow:
# sudo nano -w /etc/event.d/tty1
# look at the last line
# comment this line and add the next line:
#exec /sbin/getty 38400 tty1
exec /usr/sbin/qingy tty1
or, on debian minimal desktop:
# sudo nano -w /etc/inittab 
# then comment this line and add the next line:
# 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1
1:2345:respawn:/usr/sbin/qingy tty1

that's it. now you can reboot and get into qingy instead of x display manager.
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