GDM - The GNOME Display Manager
GDM is a replacement for XDM, the X Display Manager. Unlike its com-
petitors (X3DM, KDM, WDM) GDM was written from scratch and does not
contain any original XDM / X Consortium code. GDM runs and manages the
X servers for both local and remote logins (using XDMCP). See
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gdm/ for more details.
gdm is just a script that runs the actual gdm-binary executable. gdm-
stop is a script that stops the current running daemon immediately,
gdm-restart restarts the current daemon immediately and gdm-safe-
restart restarts the current daemon after everyone has logged out.
gdmsetup is a graphical tool for easily changing the most commonly used
For full documentation see the GNOME help browser under the GNOME /
gdm and thus also gdm-binary accept the following options:
Do not fork into the background
No console (local) servers to be run
Preserve LD_* variables
Print the GDM version
--help Print simple description of accepted options
gdmsetup accepts all standard GNOME options.
Configuration is done either by running gdmsetup or by editting the
/etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf (usually, could also be /etc/gdm/gdm.conf) file.
The graphical tool does not support all the options possible so edit-
ting the configuration file is sometimes necessary.
GDM is being written and maintained by George (Jiri) Lebl
<email@example.com> based on the original codebase by Martin K. Peterson
X(7x), xdm(1), Xsecurity(7x), Xserver(1),
GDM 126.96.36.199 Aug 21 2003 GDM(1)