So what does it take to change the kdm theme?

I have installed some kdm themes (ethais, NewEssenceFinal, oxygen, oxygen-air, MIB-Ossigeno-Kdm-Neutral-2.2) that I would like to try out and they are present in “/usr/share/kde4/apps/kdm/themes/”.

Changing the theme through SystemSettings>Login Screen changed nothing, logging out still defaulted to the default SUSE theme.

So I tried the SysConfig editor through YAST and changed DISPLAYMANAGER_KDM_THEME to the theme I wanted, still no change after logging out. I have also changed DISPLAYMANAGER to kdm4.

Opened the “/etc/sysconfig/displaymanager” file to make sure the correct line had changed, and it was.

I deleted the SUSE theme, again made sure the theme I wanted was selected, but now it defaults to a background wallpaper and rather plain looking login screen.

I don’t know if this is correct but I am using the folder name of the theme I want as the string I enter into SysConfig. I have even rebooted several times just in case it was required. I have tried this through my regular account, obviously entering my root password when required, and also through the root account itself.

So, what does it take to change the theme? I’ve run out of ideas.

openSuse 11.3, KDE 4.5.

Personal Settings - Advanced - Desktop theme detail

I think you’re getting mixed up with KDE theme and KDM theme. KDM theme is the login screen theme.

Bizarrely, it has suddenly started working now. Not sure whether changing the theme in SysConfig through Yast or changing the theme through System Settings did the trick, but I got the NewEssenceFinal theme to be shown on the login screen. I did nothing different to what I did before.

Go figure.

Have you found any answer to this yet?

Nope, it just fixed itself. I did nothing different, then all of a sudden the theme I wanted appeared on the next reboot.

I haven’t tried a different theme yet, I can’t be bothered to go through the hassle again at the moment. I’m sure I will try another soon when I get bored of the current one. Fingers crossed.