[blfs-dev] sddm - comments

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 22:19:58 PDT 2015

Ken Moffat wrote:
> A few comments on the recent changes, and the changes which Fernando
> proposed.
> I've now built 0.12, with PAM, on a system which has swap.
> The proposed changes:
> 1. in the bootscript, do not start or stop upower.
> I commented out the relevant lines, it works fine with the sed at
> '3' below.
> 2. sed to start session with ConsoleKit2
> sed -e 's/eval exec/& ck-launch-session /' \
>      -i data/scripts/Xsession
> 3. sed to start the greeter with upowerd
> sed -e '/UPOWER_SERVICE)/ s:^://:' \
>      -i.orig src/daemon/PowerManager.cpp
> All of those are fine.  With my own theme, everything still works
> (login, shutdown, reboot, suspend) and with xfce's Log Out menu I
> have options to Log Out, Restart, Shut Down, Suspend, Hibernate.
> So, I think all of those changes should be added.
> There was one other sed, to ensure that those themes which show a
> keyboard flag will get the right flag(s) - I used a variant to force
> a British keyboard only, and it gave me the correct flag
> (previously, I had an American flag in those themes) -
> sed -e '/Xsetup/ a setxkbmap "gb"' \
>         -i.orig data/scripts/Xsetup
> However, for me, and probably for a _few_ other people, that sed is
> disastrous - it forces the default option for {each,the} selected
> language.  I happen to use two personal variants of the gb keymaps,
> 'deader' (more dead keys - greek, comma, stroke, horn, hook) and
> 'rusphon' (phonetic russian, with some extra cyrillic letters,
> mapped to a GB keyboard).
> With that sed, I cannot access any of my additions.  So, I rebuilt
> without that sed.
> That will affect anybody who uses a non-default variation in their
> keyboard conf file for X (e.g. Dvorak, perhaps US international [ I'm
> not sure which are the defaults) ].
> Some other minor comments -
> When shutting down, the messages appear on tty7, as previously
> noted.  Perhaps we should remark on that, either in the book or the
> wiki ?
> I also now have my selected icons if I use the maui theme - thanks,
> Fernando.
> A further comment on the greeter : I did not manage to get it to
> display a theme using sddm-greeter --test /path/to/theme, only a
> white window.  Perhaps that is an environment problem (you will
> recall that I do not use the BLFS scripts to set PATHs etc) and it
> isn't important.

Ken, Fernando and I have been discussing sddm quite a bit.  For the most 
part I think your comment are orthogonal to what we ave been doing, but 
please wait a couple of days for our changes to show up in the book and 
then we can all review together.

   -- Bruce

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