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    Default Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    I would like to change the login screen of of my system running openSuse 11.3 GNOME... I have tried most of the methods suggested in various threads on the forum but still not sure what to do.

    I even tried running
    Code:
    gdmsetup
    and
    Code:
    gnomesu --user=gdm --command="dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties"
    as root user none of these are working.

    Anyone please help...
    Thanks in advance..

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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    Hi
    gdmsetup is long gone to change it you need to be root user and run the command for example;
    Code:
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/backgrounds/cosmos/blue-marble-west.jpg
    Just change the path to your desired background. I may pay to copy it to /usr/share/backgrounds/ so it won't get accidentally removed.
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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    Another option is to edit directly gconf XML, two possible alternatives are:

    /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.vendor/%gconf-tree.xml
    /etc/gconf/gconf.xml.schemas/%gconf-tree.xml

    Changes commited there are for gdm and all new users, that's the best way I found so far to tweak everything in a single step and make changes effective. I strongly advice you to backup first the files.

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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    On 2010-08-29 17:36, malcolmlewis wrote:
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    > Hi
    > gdmsetup is long gone to change it you need to be root user and run
    > the command for example;
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    >
    > sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/backgrounds/cosmos/blue-marble-west.jpg
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    > Just change the path to your desired background. I may pay to copy it
    > to /usr/share/backgrounds/ so it won't get accidentally removed.


    Or fire "gconf-editor", find the entry /desktop/gnome/background/, and in the picture_filename edit
    the value. Probably needs to be root.

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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos E. R.
    On 2010-08-29 17:36, malcolmlewis wrote:
    Or fire "gconf-editor", find the entry /desktop/gnome/background/, and
    in the picture_filename edit the value. Probably needs to be root.
    Hi
    gdm AFAIK as root user run;
    Code:
    sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gconf-editor
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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    the command

    Code:
    sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --set --type string /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /usr/share/backgrounds/cosmos/blue-marble-west.jpg
    worked...

    still I have 1 doubt..when i tried to run
    Code:
    sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gconf-editor
    as root user it returned the following error.
    Code:
    ** (gconf-editor:6952): CRITICAL **: Failed to parse arguments: Cannot open display:
    any reason for this??

    still thanks a lot for solving my problem....

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    Hi
    Looks like it will need to be the gconftool commands from the CLI, not sure how to get the display working without logging in as your super user which I wouldn't do!!
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    Carlos E. R. NNTP User

    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    On 2010-08-31 15:06, pulkit verma wrote:


    > any reason for this??


    You have to use "su - gdm", with a dash, in an xterm. Not sudo.
    Although I'm not sure it has to be user "gdm", because in my system gdm is running as root.

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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    On 2011-09-23 23:56, RubyTuesday wrote:
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    > Useful suggestion to use xterm to start gconf-editor; but why doesn't
    > the editor window display open when running gconf-editor from the
    > command line, neither does xterm, but xterm opens from the icon in
    > 'applications' and running gconf-editor from the xterm window opens the
    > editor? Puzzled!


    Did you notice that you are replying to a thread that has been dead for
    over a year?

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    Default Re: Changing login screen in openSuse 11.3 GNOME

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post

    Did you notice that you are replying to a thread that has been dead for
    over a year?

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    Cheers / Saludos,
    No I didn't (typical for me!) - and the info I posted and you quoted I deleted afterwords after realising I had confused myself by using a terminal logged in with ssh to another computer, clearly a bad day!

    I only responded on this thread because after searching for any problems launching gconf-editor I came across it in the first couple of pages of search results. I was surprised too that the functions available via gconf-editor weren't somewhere in Control Centre or Yast.

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