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How can I change the login screen theme?

Is there any way to change the appearance of the login window (specifically including the font hinting settings)?

It would be nice if I could somehow "sudo" as the login window's account, then change the settings like that.

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Yes indeed, it seems like that one answers my question too! –  Mehrdad Jan 11 '11 at 0:08
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This is rather hacky but just tested it on Natty and found it did the trick.

  1. sudo cp /usr/share/applications/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow
  2. logout
  3. Login screen will come up, with the Appearance prefs panel displayed.
  4. Choose new appearance settings
  5. Login
  6. sudo unlink /usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/gnome-appearance-properties.desktop
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Thanks, this did what I needed. –  Mehrdad Jan 11 '11 at 0:08
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From the terminal:

xhost +
gksudo -u gdm gnome-appearance-properties

It will display an error about gnome settings daemon not running but it should be able to apply the changes anyway.

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Thank you for the answer! It seems to be exactly what I need, but for some reason it isn't allowing me to change the smoothing settings. (I click the radio buttons but they don't get selected.) What could be the problem? –  Mehrdad Jan 11 '11 at 0:00
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