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gdm theme changed, now blank screen....:(

Postby 67comet » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:49 am

I tried to change the login theme to show users instead of a blank text bar, but once I rebooted, I get a black screen with a circle (that normally goes away in a few seconds) .. and nothing. I can ctrl+alt+f2 and be in cli mode, but I never get gdm back.

I tried:

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sudo aptitude reinstall gdm

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sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm


and now I finally installed kdm so at least I could login.

Ideas on what file I can toss or change to get gdm back? I used to change them around in Gentoo but have long forgot which file you change for that.

Thanks,
Justin

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Postby Husse » Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:05 am

you should undo your changes - it's always a good idea to have a log (hand written on a piece of paper to help if you can't log in)
The themes are in
/usr/share/gdm/themes
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Re: gdm theme changed, now blank screen....:(

Postby scorp123 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:00 am

67comet wrote:

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sudo aptitude reinstall gdm
This isn't Windows :roll: ... De-installing and re-installing is not going to help you as most likely the config file will just remain there on the disk and just become active again when you re-install.

It would be better if you went into your system's preferences menu and changed the login manager settings.

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Postby Husse » Sun Jul 15, 2007 11:41 am

scorp123 wrote
67comet wrote:

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sudo aptitude reinstall gdm

This isn't Windows :roll: ... De-installing and re-installing is not going to help you as most likely the config file will just remain there on the disk and just become active again when you re-install.

Yes - if you want to get completely rid of something you do

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apt-get --purge remove your_program

For something so important as gdm I would only use that as the very last resort
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Postby scorp123 » Sun Jul 15, 2007 3:17 pm

Husse wrote: Yes - if you want to get completely rid of something you do

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apt-get --purge remove your_program

For something so important as gdm I would only use that as the very last resort
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