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How can I change the background of the GNOME login screen?

asked 2011-11-24 12:01:46 -0600

Is there a way to change the background picture for the gdm login screen?

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Below are the steps -

# su -
# su - gdm -s /bin/bash
-bash-4.2$ `dbus-launch | sed "s/^/export /"`
-bash-4.2$ GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri "file:///usr/share/backgrounds/FILE.JPG"

Reboot and check, it worked for me !!

SoumyaC gravatar imageSoumyaC ( 2011-11-24 12:18:24 -0600 )edit
  • git clone git://github.com/Nano77/various.git

  • su -c 'rpm -ivh various/rpm/gdm3setup-20111116-1.noarch.rpm'

I was tried this bodhi.zazen second link for GDM but in source I tried rpm way and this is works.

thunderbirdtr gravatar imagethunderbirdtr ( 2011-12-04 14:15:03 -0600 )edit
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On fc17 I use the following:

xhost +SI:localuser:gdm
sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-control-center

Then you can select the background like you do this for your desktop background. Note that the gdm user must have a read permissions to your background file.

egor-k8n gravatar imageegor-k8n ( 2012-08-20 17:50:39 -0600 )edit

thank you. i just copy an image from my picture folder to /usr/share/backgrounds/ and it works.

john.koshy gravatar imagejohn.koshy ( 2013-07-13 20:00:16 -0600 )edit

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answered 2011-11-24 12:16:06 -0600

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answered 2012-01-12 16:01:22 -0600

you can edit file /usr/share/backgrounds/verne/default/verne.xml change background image path.

    <size width="1920" height="1200">/usr/share/backgrounds/verne/default/wide/verne.png</size>
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answered 2013-06-01 09:20:50 -0600

/usr/share/themes/Adwaita/backgrounds

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answered 2011-11-28 13:34:28 -0600

ryran gravatar image

bodhi.zazen posted about the gdm3setup app, but here's the git repo for gdm3setup and here's the direct link for the Fedora rpm, by the same author.

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Thank you for adding that link ryan. I saw the git repo but have not tried it.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2011-11-28 14:03:13 -0600 )edit
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answered 2012-05-13 08:34:16 -0600

pseud gravatar image

updated 2012-05-13 08:40:38 -0600

Thanks SoumyaC

I found I had to prefix my commands with "env XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/gdm" instead of "GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf"

So, for example:

# su -
# su - gdm -s /bin/bash
-bash-4.2$ `dbus-launch | sed "s/^/export /"`
-bash-4.2$ env XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/gdm gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.background
org.gnome.desktop.background color-shading-type 'solid'
org.gnome.desktop.background draw-background true
org.gnome.desktop.background picture-opacity 100
org.gnome.desktop.background picture-options 'zoom'
org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri ''
org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color ''
org.gnome.desktop.background secondary-color ''
org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
-bash-4.2$
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answered 2012-01-01 18:35:10 -0600

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Okay, so I got the gdm3setup rpm installed and I have access to the py files from it. As a result, I have changed the font, cursor theme and background image, but I'd also like to change the shell theme. However, the theme that I have installed for my account does not appear as an option to change to (I am not shocked by this, but I would like to change it).

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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answered 2012-01-05 22:59:37 -0600

maeniel gravatar image

Hi, I tried both the current fedora rpm listed from the git repo homepage, https://github.com/Nano77/various/blob/master/rpm/gdm3setup-20111224-1.noarch.rpm - and software install(PackageKit?) via nautilus said it was invalid package file. then i tried git cloning and following the instructions listed in the webup8 link and the terminal i called gdm3setup.py from just closed with no error messages. So I am not sure what it is I am doing wrong since both worked for others. Am going to try the archlinux gdm user way now. thanks for any help!

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answered 2012-02-22 21:36:53 -0600

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updated 2012-02-24 17:52:09 -0600

NOW MY LOGIN SCREEN IT'S JUST BLUE HOW I CAN I RESTORE THE ORIGINAL ONE THE VERNE LOGIN SCREEN

tHANK YOU

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