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Date:      Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:59:07 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Yuri <>
Subject:   Re: What is the "thinnest" display manager available?
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References:  <> <20131126073256.GC788@lena.kiev> <>

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On Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:52:32 -0800, Yuri wrote:
> On 11/25/2013 23:32, wrote:
> > ttyv7   "/usr/libexec/getty lenaPc"             cons25r on  secure
> > ttyv8   "/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm -nodaemon"          xterm   off secure
> > ttyv9   "/usr/libexec/getty lenaPc"             cons25r on  secure
> Lena,
> This method of launching of DM is obsolete and not recommended.
> Normally they are launched through /etc/rc.d script. I remember running 
> in some bad issue exactly because of such ttys misuse, but don't 
> remember specifics.

Many display managers (such as GDM and KDM) have a setting
ready for /etc/rc.conf, but XDM still seems to work fine with
this method. The FreeBSD Handbook (6.6.2.) mentions the adding
of an entry to /etc/ttys, which I'm following for years now if
I want to use xdm and wdm.


Allow me to ask the following question:

Is xdm (and as far as I know, also wdm) still an exception
from the "rc.conf rule", or how is it supposed to be started
on "more modern" versions?

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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