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Re: Bug#570369: kdm in squeeze is unable to handle kdm themes which worked in lenny

[Petter Reinholdtsen]
> So either we had a bug in debian-edu-artwork which failed to trigger
> a problem with kdm in lenny, or the sematic of the THEME setting in
> kdm changed between lenny and squeeze.  Only the kdm maintainer can
> tell what the intended behavour for the THEME setting in
> /etc/default/kdm.d/ was.

I found a more accessable source for this information, in


    The theme to use for the greeter. Can point to either a directory
    or an XML file.

    Empty by default.

As this was the definition for Lenny, it should be the same for
Squeeze, or init.d/kdm should be rewritten to handle the THEME
variable used in /etc/default/kdm.d the same way as in Lenny.  A
simple test to see if the path is a directory or a file and rewrite it
to a xml file if it was a directory should work.

I suspect thought that the problem can be caused by something in our
XML file, and would welcome help with reviewing it from someone with
knowledge about the format.  Check out the debian-edu-artwork package
in unstable and testing for the theme in question.

Happy hacking,
Petter Reinholdtsen

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