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Is there any way to (via the GUI) modify the theme that is used for the GDM login system? I ask because when I installed xubuntu-desktop alongside gnome-desktop the xubuntu-gdm-theme package took over the login window theme. Is there any easy method to have multiple GDM themes installed at once, but be able to choose which theme takes dominance in the login manager without removing all other theme packages?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

First approach

If you don't like Ubuntu Tweak, may be you like the GDM2 Setup tool:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup  

Second approach

TheeMahn has made a Nautilus script that help you to easily make your GDM theme:

cd ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/
sudo chmod +x MakeGDM 

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Does this allow me to modify only the login theme without modifying the other theme(s)? – Thomas Ward Apr 22 '11 at 22:32
Was getting a lot of python errors in a test installation, i think i'll hold out until its got something >= 1.0.0. Any other suggestions are accepted :) – Thomas Ward Apr 22 '11 at 23:07
Added a second approach =-) – desgua Apr 23 '11 at 14:53
@desgua, you wouldn't happen to be using Kubuntu would ya? – Thomas Ward Apr 23 '11 at 15:22
@EvilPhoenix, no I'm not, are you? – desgua Apr 23 '11 at 16:58

Since the time of this thread being posted, I have switched to using KDE as my primary environment, and have been able to successfully theme the KDM login window.

I will mark @desgua's answer as the accepted answer, but I wanted to make a note that I switched.

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I'm thinking in switching too but I'm afraid to miss Compiz... – desgua Nov 5 '11 at 1:58

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