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Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:54:24 pm »
Is anyone interested in a tutorial for using pantheon-greeter instead of the default lightdm-gtk-greeter in Peppermint 5

There's a screenshot of my netbook login screen using pantheon-greeter below .. you can set your own background image and .face logo (where the bleached peppermint logo is in the pic)

To get this screenshot I had to start pantheon-greeter in a window .. so the guest account (and other accounts) is missing in the pic.. in use the other accounts are displayed above and below the main account and you'd use either the mouse or up/down arrow keys to select the account you want to log on as .. and yes it does remember the last logged on account and present that one as the auto selected one.

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As this becomes the default login screen, it's also what light-locker will drop you to if you haven't disabled it.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 01:17:42 am »
I've already got it installed on my system (with Marks help) and it looks fantastic





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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 03:15:57 am »
I'm interested in pantheon-greeter. I've added the following repository: ppa:elementary-os/daily and then installed pantheon-greeter. Assuming that is correct, I would like to know what to do next to configure lightdm to use pantheon-greeter.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 09:40:09 am »
You assumed incorrectly

Uninstall pantheon-greeter and purge that PPA .. whiist it *can* be done from that PPA, it's a bit of a PITA and that PPA contains a lot of other stuff you don't want  updating on your system.

I'll write a tutorial when I get time .. but be sure to purge that PPA or it may conflict with my tutorial.
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sudo ppa-purge ppa:elementary-os/daily
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sudo apt purge pantheon-greeter
just in case.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 06:32:30 pm »
Done and done. Looking forward to the tutorial when you get some time.

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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 12:14:46 pm »
Looks very cool.  8) 8)
Add me to the list of interested.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 11:26:02 am »
WARNING - For now I advise people not to bother with this tutorial, it works, but the clock on the pantheon-greeter screen doesn't appear to be being updated .. I'll remove this warning and add to this tutorial if/when I figure it out.

a) add the PPA:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mark-pcnetspec/pantheon-greeter

b) update the package cache:
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sudo apt update

c) add a .JPG or .PNG (to be used as the pantheon-greeter background to
/usr/share/peppermint/wallpapers
and rename it to
pantheon-greeter
(no extension)

d) install pantheon-greeter:
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sudo apt install pantheon-greeter

e) REBOOT (not log off/on .. must be a reboot)   <-- IMPORTANT

to revert back to lightdm-gtk-greeter, just:
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sudo apt-get remove pantheon-greeter
and REBOOT (not log off/on .. must be a reboot)   <-- IMPORTANT



Wanna change the name/location of the pantheon-greeter background image
from /usr/share/backgrounds/elementaryos-default

edit the path/filename in
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sudo gedit /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.pantheon.desktop.greeter.gschema.xml

then rebuild the schema(s) with:
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sudo glib-compile-schemas /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/



Wanna test pantheon-greeter without havingto log off .. good for testing background images, as it can be quite choosy about the images it likes

test (in windowed mode) by running:
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/usr/share/xgreeters/pantheon-greeter



As an extra - Wanna change the GRUB menu background:-

place a .TGA image in the
/boot/grub
directory, and run:
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sudo update-grub
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014, 10:36:53 pm »
Thanks for the tutorial. :) I did not get the pantheon-greeter screen after rebooting, however. Choosing "lock screen" from the peppermint-logout screen also does nothing. Under Users and Groups, I have it set to ask for my user's password at login, and yet it did not. Executing /usr/share/xgreeters/pantheon-greeter in the terminal did work, though. Am I missing something?
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2014, 09:37:41 am »
I've never tried the "lock screen", but you're right it doesn't appear to work .. did it do anything with the original greeter ?

If panthoen-greeter didn't start after rebooting, what did you get as a login screen when you rebooted ?
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2014, 11:02:29 am »
Another issue I've noticed with Pantheon is that it stops counting the time when it logs out, is this something that's fixable ?



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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2014, 11:45:47 am »
For now I'm going to advise people not to bother with pantheon-greeter until I figure out the time not updating issue.

I'll add this to the tutorial above.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2014, 07:05:50 pm »
If panthoen-greeter didn't start after rebooting, what did you get as a login screen when you rebooted ?

It booted straight into the desktop, no login prompt, even though I have my user set up to be asked for a password at login.

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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2014, 07:12:43 pm »
Run:
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gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
and post the contents of that file.
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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2014, 07:00:01 pm »
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[SeatDefaults]
autologin-guest=false
autologin-user=andy
autologin-user-timeout=0
autologin-session=lightdm-autologin

It looks like my user name is set to autologin. I will try changing that to false, that should do the trick.

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Re: Anyone interested in pantheon-greeter - Peppermint 5
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2014, 09:22:16 pm »
Don't set it to "false" .. either comment out that whole line (by adding a # at the beginning), or leave it blank.

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sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
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[SeatDefaults]
autologin-guest=false
#autologin-user=andy
autologin-user-timeout=0
autologin-session=lightdm-autologin
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[SeatDefaults]
autologin-guest=false
autologin-user=
autologin-user-timeout=0
autologin-session=lightdm-autologin
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