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    Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    I have been working on building a VNC server setup where a user can connect, and is shown the GDM greeter and they can log in and out just like a local user. I have gotten the VNC part to work fine, but when I connect, I get the blank grey X screen.

    My reasoning for this is because the guides I have looked at ask me to edit the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. This file does not exist in my filesystem. I have even done searches for the file, and it does not appear in any other directory. I have tried to create the file but the changes are not applied.

    Has the file been removed, replaced, or changed names?
    I really need to be able to make the changes that this file allows to be made.

    I have been using Ubuntu for 3 years and I rarely need to pose questions to the forums, but this one has me completely stumped.

    My system runs Ubuntu server 9.10, a fairly fresh install. [less than 2 weeks old]

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by markoid8; March 21st, 2010 at 07:30 PM.

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    Use /etc/gdm/custom.conf
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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    My 9.10 doesn't have this file.

    Help?

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    Found it; not what we're looking for...

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    In Ubuntu 10.04, users who want to override gdm settings have to create a new file named /etc/gdm/custom.conf in the "keyfile" format. Meanwhile, the system default keys and values are in the human-readable file /etc/gdm/gdm.schemas. If you stare long enough at the XML-style stanzas in there, you can figure out the keys and values it sets. The official documentation at
    http://library.gnome.org/admin/gdm/s...ration.html.en
    makes a couple of useful points:
    1. The file gdm.schemas is machine-generated, and will be overwritten automatically during upgrades. So editing it is unwise, as the changes may get obliterated without warning.
    2. gdm has been changing a lot lately, and some of the options that were formerly available have gone away.
    The cited link provides a detailed list of supported keys and values.

    Hopefully these notes apply also to Ubuntu 9.10.

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by markoid8 View Post
    I have been working on building a VNC server setup where a user can connect, and is shown the GDM greeter and they can log in and out just like a local user. I have gotten the VNC part to work fine, but when I connect, I get the blank grey X screen.

    My reasoning for this is because the guides I have looked at ask me to edit the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. This file does not exist in my filesystem. I have even done searches for the file, and it does not appear in any other directory. I have tried to create the file but the changes are not applied.

    Has the file been removed, replaced, or changed names?
    I really need to be able to make the changes that this file allows to be made.

    I have been using Ubuntu for 3 years and I rarely need to pose questions to the forums, but this one has me completely stumped.

    My system runs Ubuntu server 9.10, a fairly fresh install. [less than 2 weeks old]

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Read this tutorial, it cover GDM customization too:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6786897/ubun...ization.tar.gz

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    hi PhDLinux,

    I have the exact same problem,
    were you able to solve your problem?

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    Quote Originally Posted by markoid8 View Post
    I have been working on building a VNC server setup where a user can connect, and is shown the GDM greeter and they can log in and out just like a local user. I have gotten the VNC part to work fine, but when I connect, I get the blank grey X screen.

    My reasoning for this is because the guides I have looked at ask me to edit the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf. This file does not exist in my filesystem. I have even done searches for the file, and it does not appear in any other directory. I have tried to create the file but the changes are not applied.

    Has the file been removed, replaced, or changed names?
    I really need to be able to make the changes that this file allows to be made.

    I have been using Ubuntu for 3 years and I rarely need to pose questions to the forums, but this one has me completely stumped.

    My system runs Ubuntu server 9.10, a fairly fresh install. [less than 2 weeks old]

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Hello everyone! markoid8, were you successful on setting up vnc to show gdm ? I've been searching to accomplish the same on my ubuntu server 10.04 box...

    So far, I've been able to open the gnome session in the vnc session by putting gnome-session & ONLY in ~/.vnc/xstartup :

    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    gnome-session &
    It all works well, I get my gnome session, but it skips login... I'd rather login normally into the session with gdm...

    TIA
    Last edited by bohemier; August 3rd, 2010 at 08:46 PM.

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    #cd /
    #sudo find -name gdm.conf
    ./etc/dbus-1/system.d/gdm.conf
    ./etc/init/gdm.conf
    #

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    Re: Where is the gdm.conf in Ubuntu 9.10?

    I found a great tutorial to create a vnc-based login server: http://oapeon.blogspot.com/2010/05/u...in-server.html

    Works well for me... as for security, it doesn't metter much in my case since this is on a private network.

    HTH

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