Steve Blackwell zephod at
Sat Aug 21 19:13:22 UTC 2010

On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:46:29 -0700
"Daniel B. Thurman" <dant at> wrote:

>  On 08/20/2010 09:23 AM, Steve Blackwell wrote:
> > On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:09:48 -0700
> > "Daniel B. Thurman" <dant at> wrote:
> >>  On 08/19/2010 07:48 AM, Steve Blackwell wrote:
> >>> I want to be able to log in to another computer from this computer
> >>> using XDMCP. Assuming that I have configured the other computer
> >>> correctly, a big assumption to be sure, what do I have to do to
> >>> GDM to show a menu or some other way of displaying the available
> >>> XDMCP computers on my login screen?
> >>>
> >>> I get plenty of google hits on GDM & XDMCP but they all appear to
> >>> be about how to configure GDM to allow a remote computer to log
> >>> in to my local computer and not the other way around.
> >>>
> >>> Is XDMCP even the right way to go? Should I be using VNC? I know
> >>> XDMCP is inherently insecure but this is on a local private
> >>> network.
> >>>
> >>> Thanks,
> >>> Steve
> >> I use XDMCP on all of my boxes and
> >> force only local connections.  Tested
> >> from 5 -> 13 and it works.
> > Are you using GDM or KDM? 
> > If GDM can you post your custom.conf file and if it is possible, a
> > pic of your GDM screen with the XDMCP hosts shown?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Steve
> I am using both gdm & kdm.


> 1) GDM
>     /etc/gdm/custom.conf
>     Add to: [xdmcp]
>     Enable=true
>     Willing=/etc/X11/xdm/Xwilling
>     Xaccess=/etc/X11/xdm/Xaccess
>     Port=177

Dan, thanks for all that info but my understanding is that what you
have done here is set up the machine to allow it to be logged into from
a remote machine. In other words, be an XMNCP server. What I'm looking
for is how to set up gdm to allow me to choose another machine to log
in to from this machine, or put another way, be an XDMCP client.

The machine I have set up as an XDMCP server is a SuSE machine running
kdm. On that machine, there is a menu button that allows to to select
"Remote login" as an option which brings up a list of machines that are
set up as XDMCP servers. What I'm looking for is the gdm equivalent of
the menu->remote login option.

I've added
to the [chooser] section of /etc/gdm/custom.conf but that didn't change


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