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I'm using Arch Linux with i3wm with xinit which results in having tty1 as my "greeter".

I wanna know if there is any possibility to have a greeter, for instance, Deepin greeter at login prompt without having any display manager running. I am not sure if there is a way to call xinit before login and if that would solve the problem, but is there a way to achieve this?

  • From the arch wiki Deepin, it seems it's either started with xinit or it's using another DM like LightDM or GDM. What you call Deepin greeter is probably a theme around LightDM or GDM. – Pierre-Alain TORET Dec 17 '18 at 8:45
  • @Pierre-AlainTORET I see, the greeter is an inheritance from the DMs and Deepin just wrap a theme around it, right? So there is no apparent way to make this happen, right? Seems like I'd have to turn on a DM for the greeter and then off once I log in, which sounds completely awful – Gabriel Ziegler Dec 17 '18 at 16:08
  • I wouldn't say it's an inheritance, it's the DM itself. Its role is to display a greeter and start the appropriate window manager when you login. Why would you stop it after you logged in ? – Pierre-Alain TORET Dec 17 '18 at 16:38
  • I'd like to use only xinit as it feels to drain fewer resources than a DM do. Am I wrong? – Gabriel Ziegler Dec 17 '18 at 18:44

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