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authorAndreas Sturmlechner <asturm@gentoo.org>2021-02-05 20:39:15 +0100
committerAndreas Sturmlechner <asturm@gentoo.org>2021-02-05 20:39:15 +0100
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2021-01-30-display-manager-init: Rework instructions, revision bump
Signed-off-by: Andreas Sturmlechner <asturm@gentoo.org>
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Title: New OpenRC Display Manager Initializer Scripts
Author: Aisha Tammy <gentoo@aisha.cc>
+Author: Andreas Sturmlechner <asturm@gentoo.org>
Posted: 2021-01-30
-Revision: 5
+Revision: 6
News-Item-Format: 2.0
Display-If-Installed: sys-apps/openrc
-There has been a refactoring of the old 'xdm' init script and its
-requirements from various packages into an independent package:
+There has been a refactoring of the old 'xdm' init script into a new
+script called 'display-manager', provided by a new package that will
+be introduced by your @world update routine as a dependency of
-This package provides the 'display-manager' startup script for
-handling your chosen display manager, without depending on
-Xorg server. The old 'xdm' init script is no longer supported
-and is going to be removed in the next version of xorg-server,
-so it is imperative that you shift to display-manager-init.
-The current package is ~ARCH and will be available for stable
-users on 2nd March 2021.
+The package is now in ~arch and will be available to stable users
+starting with 2nd March 2021. [1]
-To update to the new DM init scripts, you need to manually add the
-package into your @world set:
+Its purpose is to provide the same startup mechanism for your chosen
+display manager (like GDM, SDDM etc. [2]) as xdm did previously, but
+without depending on x11-base/xorg-server. This is necessary to
+support new DMs that no longer depend on Xorg.
- emerge -vuDU gui-libs/display-manager-init
+Existing settings from /etc/conf.d/xdm will be migrated to new
+/etc/conf.d/display-manager config, however after installation it is
+vital not to forget to run either `etc-update` or `dispatch-conf`.
+Afterwards check that /etc/conf.d/display-manager contains the
+desired value for DISPLAYMANAGER.
-To start using the new init scripts, either copy your
-existing /etc/conf.d/xdm to /etc/conf.d/display-manager or
-change the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in
-/etc/conf.d/display-manager to your preferred DM:
+The old 'xdm' init script is no longer supported and henceforth
+removed from x11-base/xorg-server-1.20.10-r1, so it is imperative that
+you switch from xdm to display-manager service in default runlevel:
-and remove 'xdm' from the default runlevel and add 'display-manager':
- rc-update del xdm default
- rc-update add display-manager default
+ # rc-update del xdm default
+ # rc-update add display-manager default
The changes are complete and on the next reboot, 'display-manager'
will start your chosen DM.
-To switch to the new scripts without rebooting, run the following
+To switch to the new script without rebooting, run the following
commands in a tty:
- rc-service xdm stop
- rc-service display-manager start
+ # rc-service xdm stop
+ # rc-service display-manager start
+Finally, the following action is necessary *ONLY* if you are running
+ a) a DM (and rest of system) without Xorg
+ b) a DM from an overlay, to make sure display-manager persists
+ # emerge --noreplace gui-libs/display-manager-init
+[1] To make this change *now*, and proceed with this news item already,
+stable users would need to add the following entries to
+/etc/portage/package.accept_keywords [3] and update @world:
+ ~sys-apps/sysvinit-2.98
+ ~x11-apps/xinit-1.4.1
+ ~x11-base/xorg-server-1.20.10
+ ~gui-libs/display-manager-init-1.0
+[2] https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Display_manager
+[3] https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki//etc/portage/package.accept_keywords