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How to change GDM theme

July 25th, 2010 by

Run this command as root:

gconftool-2 --direct --config-source=xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.vendor --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename --type=string "/path/to/picture"
gconftool-2 --direct --config-source=xml::/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.vendor --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options --type=string "stretched"

Edit: The easier way

Click on “Computer > logout > Switch User” to open GDM on tty8 (Ctrl+Alt+F8)

Switch to tty7 (Ctrl+Alt+F7) log back in the running session

open gnome-terminal, switch to root (su -)

Run this command:

DISPLAY=:1 gnomesu -u gdm -c “gnome-appearance-properties”

Switch to tty8 (Ctrl+Alt+F8) to change all elements of GDM.

Guess what you can even start compiz there

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2 Responses to “How to change GDM theme”

  1. Al

    DISPLAY=:1 gnomesu -u gdm -c “gnome-appearance-properties”
    No protocol specified
    Cannot open display:

  2. vujke

    This doesn’t work!