Customizing KDM OpenSUSE 12.1

I was wanting to change my wallpaper for the KDM login screen.
I couldn’t find an easy way to do it. I searched online (google) and couldn’t find any topics or how-to’s.

I began searching through the directories looking for KDM stuff and found this:

(1) /etc/kde4/kdm/backgroundrc

(2) /usr/share/kde4/apps/kdm/themes/SUSE

(3) /usr/share/wallpapers/openSUSEdefault/contents/images

The (1) is a file containing config info and the location of (2). The (2) contains some KdmGreeterTheme.desktop (I’m not sure what its purpose it but I’m sure it has something to do with making the kdm wallpaper display along with the rest of the theme). Also contained in this directory are symlinks (shortcuts) of images that point to (3).

I renamed the original shortcuts in that directory, and created a shortcut of my own to another image which I named background.jpg and that worked for changing the kdm wallpaper for the login screen.

If anyone else knows a easier way to do this, please share.


I wanted to add that I also found in Yast the following location.

System,/etc/sysconfig Editor.
Desktop, Display manager, DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME.
My only choice though is SUSE. I guess there are no other compatible themes installed?

I don’t know much about this so I’m just trying to figure it out.


I found the kdm login manager app. I had to type kdm in the search of the launcher menu but I found it.
It looks like I can do the stuff I want from there.