Is it possible to have my conky gadgets run over my lightDM login screen? If so, how would I go about this? I saw someone doing it with XDM under debian in this screenshot from a thread on the archlinux forums

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Yes it is.

The idea is that you edit your lightdm configuration file (/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf) and set the greeter-setup-script variable to start conky.

A complete example might be found at: http://vogelchr.blogspot.com.br/2012/11/ligthdm-custom-app-on-login-screen.html

  • For this to work you need to start conky with -p 1 (or whatever works for you) and have own_window yes in the config file.
    – detly
    Jan 2, 2013 at 3:26
  • Okay, it seems you also need own_window_type override in the config.
    – detly
    Jan 2, 2013 at 3:30
  • Sigh — even with this, it only works occasionally.
    – detly
    Jan 2, 2013 at 5:36

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