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Bug#168601: default {x|g|k|w}dm: why not "disable" as a choice


On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 04:52:46AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 10, 2002 at 02:44:13PM -0800, Osamu Aoki wrote:
> > Request: refine install script for newbie
> > 
> > When display manager are installed, script rightfully asks which display
> > manager to install using install script.  Great feature but one more
> > twist shall make many newbie shut-up crying.  here is my suggestion:
> > 
> > In the dialogue to choose the desired default display manager, please
> > add a word "console" or "disabled" as an option.
> > 
> > The content of /etc/X11/default-display-manager can be "null" or
> > any bogus word like "disabled" if this option is chosen.
> I don't see why this is preferable to two other mechanisms that Debian
> uses for the disabling of daemons:
> 1) editing /etc/init.d/* scripts to exit 0 near the top
> 2) removing the package

I personally used to do (1).  

Aren't you started /etc/X11/default-display-manager which is easy on your
debconf approach.  If you use it, give option to disable all the
xdm|gdm|kdm|wdm,...  If your debconf configure disabling each daemon by the
approach (1).  I will be happy as long as your option include disable ALL.

For the record I list few method to disable xdm|gdm|kdm|wdm,... in my

   There are few ways to disable all the X starting daemons:
     * run update-rc.d ?dm stop 99 1 2 3 4 5 6
     * insert "exit 0" at the[B start of all /etc/init.d/?dm files.
     * rename all /etc/rc2.d/S99?dm files to /etc/rc2.d/K99?dm.
     * remove all /etc/rc2.d/S99?dm files.
     * run :>/etc/X11/default-display-manager

Oops, I will fix this typo. the[B -> the

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