I have just installed archlinux on a virtual machine and I managed to install lightdm by following the instructions given in



but lightdm looks like this default lightdm looks

But I want it to look like the default one in ubuntu Ubuntu default lightdm

How can that be done ?

Ps: I am running xfce4 as the desktop Environment

  • If nobody has a better idea, you could boot an Ubuntu Live CD and look at its configuration file. (I am assuming LightDM ist what Ubuntu uses?) – Ulrich Schwarz Oct 24 '11 at 11:03

[The ArchWiki looks dead currently, so I don't know what is contained in the instructions you linked to.]

To change the looks of LightDM, you need to install a theme and configure it. This page suggests that the relevant Arch packages might be lightdm-unity-greeter or lightdm-webkit-greeter.

  • The wiki is up now , I'll try installing the packages you mentioned . – Gautam Oct 24 '11 at 16:24
  • I managed to Install it , But I don't know how to activate it , Any Ideas ? – Gautam Oct 24 '11 at 17:38
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    According to this, the configuration file on Arch is named /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf. And, for example, this blog entry suggests how a simple config file may look like (google or read documentation for more). – rozcietrzewiacz Oct 25 '11 at 6:06
  • on newer versions run these commands: echo "[SeatDefaults]" | sudo tee /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf and echo "greeter-session=unity-greeter" | sudo tee -a /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf – mchid Mar 15 '15 at 7:11

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