I'm trying to use SLiM instead of GDM as a login manager, but I fail miserably when creating the proper .xsession / .xinitrc file needed by SLiM.

How would a proper .xession file look like to start the Xubuntu-Session? There are great guides about setting up custom Desktop Environments, but I am missing something.

I tried copying contents of the xubuntu.desktop files in /usr/share/xsessions/ which reads "Exec=/usr/share/xubuntu/session.sh" into a .xsession file, but SliM would not show up. What else could I be missing?

Any help would be very much appreciated!


You could do something like this in your slim.conf

login_cmd exec ck-launch-session /bin/bash -login /etc/X11/Xsession %session

or in your .xinitrc

exec ck-launch-session /usr/share/xubuntu/session.sh

reference: debian arch

  • It worked - partially! On boot, xorg went into save graphics mode warning, without working recovery options tho. However, logging in on tty1 I could do sudo slim with a working session! – marto Sep 1 '11 at 12:58
  • What is ck-launch-session? – Johan Oct 7 '13 at 8:48
  • AFAIK its a command provided by console-kit to manage session based on user settings. – sagarchalise Oct 7 '13 at 9:48

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