Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 Conf File, Where Are The Themes Located?

Apr 26, 2011

In the gmd3 greeter.conf-defaults file its tells me the themes are located /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_theme, but wheres that directory actually at, like how I can find it?

Btw, I know I can go back to gdm, but I'd rather understand how to theme this, before. I might just.I'm using compiz, btw, if that makes any difference.

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Debian Multimedia :: How To Log Into X Session As Root Using GDM3

Sep 20, 2015

To use most of my Kali applications, I want to be able to log into an X session as root. I know it is generally a bad idea and I don't want to do it as a rule, but it is useful for penetration testing (e.g. nmap and its GUI don't have most of the useful options when run as a regular user).

So how do I get GDM3 to allow me to log in as root? Currently, if I type in the user name "root" and log in, it just takes me back to GDM3. Could it work to add root to my user group (I really don't want to add all kinds of security holes)?

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Debian Multimedia :: Unable To Disable Gdm3 In Jessie

Dec 31, 2014

I have a fresh install of Jessie and I am unable to disable gdm3. I issued:

Code: Select alluser@debian:~$ sudo systemctl disable gdm3.service
Synchronizing state for gdm3.service with sysvinit using update-rc.d...
Executing /usr/sbin/update-rc.d gdm3 defaults
insserv: warning: current start runlevel(s) (empty) of script `gdm3' overrides LSB defaults (2 3 4 5).
insserv: warning: current stop runlevel(s) (0 1 2 3 4 5 6) of script `gdm3' overrides LSB defaults (0 1 6).
Executing /usr/sbin/update-rc.d gdm3 disable
insserv: warning: current start runlevel(s) (empty) of script `gdm3' overrides LSB defaults (2 3 4 5).
insserv: warning: current stop runlevel(s) (0 1 2 3 4 5 6) of script `gdm3' overrides LSB defaults (0 1 6).

Restart and still displays the Gnome 3 login manager.

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Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 Can't Start Gnome-session

May 7, 2015

I installed jessie from a beta/rc shortly before release on my MacBook Pro 13 Retina and have kept it up to-date with apt-get dist-upgrade. Rcently gdm3/gnome-session have stopped working together. When I log in the screen goes black for a couple of seconds then goes back to the login screen. This happens with "System Default", "GNOME Classic" and "GNOME", but not with "GNOME on Wayland". However, Wayland seems to have some other issues. I haven't tried an alternative dm yet, eg lightdm, but the GNOME desktop does work when started with startx.

I've just used journalctl to get logs of what gdm3 and gnome-session were doing at the time. After booting I waited until the clock reached the next minute (19:55) so I'd know at which point in the logs I'd hit enter on my password. I'll post the gdm log separately in two chunks because the forum server doesn't seem to like text attachments and they're too long for one post.

Log from gnome-session:
Code: Select all-- Logs begin at Thu 2015-05-07 19:54:06 CEST, end at Thu 2015-05-07 19:56:41 CEST. --
May 07 19:54:08 jeanette gnome-session[885]: gnome-session[885]: WARNING: Could not parse desktop file caribou-autostart.desktop or it references a not found TryExec binary


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Debian Multimedia :: GDM3 Login Screen Orientation

May 23, 2015

I want to set up the GDM login screen in vertical orientation = left = (xrandr -o 1) due to my monitor.

I used Ubuntu and the below method has been working until I switched to Debian8 now.

[URL] ....

Rotate login screen

If you have your monitors setup as you like (orientation, primary and so on) in ~/.config/monitors.xml and want GDM to honor those settings:

Code: Select all# cp ~/.config/monitors.xml /var/lib/gdm/.config/monitors.xml


1 Debian Gnome3 does not create ~/.config/monitors.xml
2 according to dconf editor

the location is


and I tweaked, but no success.

[URL] .... method can be applied to GDM3 directory.

Since I have configured my x rortation only be xrandr command by shell init script, and never had configured by GUI setting, the monitors.xml was not created. When I done with GUI, the file is created as usual.

Then I copied to


Finally works as expected.

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Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 Does Not List Users At Log In Screen

Sep 1, 2015

I'm using jessie and since I upgraded from wheezy, gdm3 no longer shows a list of users in the logon screen. (I can still log on by selecting "other users").

I had previously had the same symptoms on wheezy, but had fixed it by changing "UID_MIN" to 500 in /etc/login.defs

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Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 / Gnome And Multiple X Sessions

Sep 11, 2015

Running Jessie (with a low-pinned Debian-based repositories added to my sources.list (e.g. Kali, kxstudio) for those packages not currently available on Debian (like the Kali menu of security tools). Running on a HP 15-r189nd (Energy Star) laptop.

First question: How do I get GDM3 to add root as an option during login? I can type the root user name in. I don't need it to show the root user in the user list (would actually prefer to need to type it in), but I do want to be able to start an X session as root, since some of the Kali tools (e.g. nmap) needs root to function fully. If I type in root and try to start, it just takes me back to the GDM3 login.

Second question: When I want to select my Desktop Enviroment/Window Manager in GDM3, the list appears below the little gear so I can only see half of the list (xfce not visible to select). How do I change the GDM3 appearance/settings that will change the position of the DE list?

Third question: How do I get multiple X sessions running simultaneously? What I have been able to do, while logged in as myuser and running X on tty7, is to log into a tty[1-6] as root, and then startx -- :1, but this somehow skips my default desktop manager (GDM3) and boot straight into LXDE (with no menus!). In /etc/X11/default-diplay-manager I have: /usr/sbin/gdm3 ? How do I get startx -- :1 to start a desktop manager?

Fourth question: When I did the above startx -- :1 as root, it would start the X session in the same tty (e.g. tty2) where I was logged in as root running the startx command. It used to be (in older Linux versions) that startx -- :1 would start an X session on tty8 (and the default would be :0 on tty7). Is this the (new) way things are supposed to work? Or is there something wrong with my setup?

Question 5: Once I have started an LXDE session as root, how do I get it to show the full application menu that my regular user can see? Can I just copy the config files over? Which ones? Or is there a better way?

Question 6: Gnome used to start fine. Then I ran Gnome on Wayland once, and now regular Gnome (on X?) no longer runs, but give me a "Oops! Something went wrong" error and Alt-F4 just takes me back to GDM3. Classic Gnome and Gnome on Wayland still runs OK. Should I log a bug report?

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Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 Hangs After Changing User Name?

Jan 15, 2011

I changed my user name with the following commands:usermod -l $newname $oldnamegroupmod -n $newname $oldname usermod -d /home/$newname -m $newnameAlso replaced every instance of /home/$oldname ith /home/$newname in ~/.config.Now gdm3 hangs with a black screen and wristwatch icon. (I can move the icon with the mouse.) This worked fine with gdm. I've looked for gdm3 files that have /home/$oldname in my home and in /etc and couldn't find anything significant.Anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how to fix this or where to look? For now, I've disabled gdm3, and I'm using startx. This is an installation in virtualbox. I just tried using ctrl-alt-F1, but it dropped me to console in the host system. (Nice rush of adrenaline came with that.)

The only errors in Xorg.0.log are there even with a successful startx. (EE) Failed to load module "xboxvideo" (module does not exist, 0)(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such file or directoryCouple more bits of relevant information - this was a live-build that I installed using refractainstaller. I also changed /etc/inittab to disable auto-login. Here are the changes, original lines commented out, new lines look like the inittab in my regular squeeze install, but I don't think this is the problem (see below.)

#1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1
#2:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty2 >/dev/tty2 2>&1
#3:23:respawn:/bin/login -f user </dev/tty3 >/dev/tty3 2>&1


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Debian Configuration :: Error - Could Not Update ICEautority File /var/lib/gdm3/.ICEauthority

Aug 8, 2010

Today I tried to attach my digital turntable to the line-in of the computer and hoped for some sound to come. Unfortunately it didn't work. I switched the line-in feature on and put the volume on max. Still no results. I checked the same on Windows and this DOES work, so it can't be the hardware. Do I have to install some extra app in order to use the line-in in put? To complete the information: I'm using Squeeze 64-bits with Gnome. The turntable (Akai ATT05U) HAS worked before (that was when I used Ubuntu 32-bits on an Intel Celeron ). Another thing: since I tried to edit the sound settings, I get an error message at boot: "Could not update ICEautority file /var/lib/gdm3/.ICEauthority". Does this have anything to do with the audio matter?

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Debian Multimedia :: Gdm3 Black Screen With Cursor After Upgrade

Oct 25, 2015

Yesterday I done an upgrade with apt and since that time whenever I boot up I am presented with only a blank screen and an unresponsive cursor. I cannot switch console using Ctl+Alt+F*. The only thing I can do is Alt+SysRq+(R,E,I,S) which kills gdm3 and gets me back to the console.

* I can get into Xorg fine via the startx command
* As a temporary fix, if I enable automatic login (via /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf) then gdm3 works.

But I can't get the normal authenticated login screen to work.

Output of journalctl for a failed attempt at running gdm3 with verbose debugging enabled:

Code: Select allOct 25 01:24:43 [hostname-removed] systemd[1]: Starting GNOME Display Manager...
Oct 25 01:24:43 [hostname-removed] systemd[1]: Started GNOME Display Manager.
Oct 25 01:24:43 [hostname-removed] gdm3[15863]: Enabling debugging
Oct 25 01:24:43 [hostname-removed] gdm3[15863]: Changing user:group to Debian-gdm:Debian-gdm
Oct 25 01:24:43 [hostname-removed] gdm3[15863]: Successfully connected to D-Bus

[Code] ....

One other thing worth noting, before upgrading yesterday, I changed mirrors and accidentally pasted in "stable" into /etc/apt/sources.list. So basically I did an initial upgrade, realised my mistake, switched back to testing (which I was on before) and done another upgrade, which is when I noticed this problem.

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Debian Multimedia :: Change GDM3 Login Window Theme

Aug 2, 2011

I just installed successfully Wheezy, but I can't change my Login Window Theme.I put the three files (.desktop .xml and.jpg) in/usr/share/gdm/autostart/LoginWindow/),I think that my mistake is here but I don't know where to put the .xml file and the .jpg files.And the I edited the file/etc/gdm3/greeter.gconf-defaults.The background is well-displayed but the "theme" is still the same.

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Debian Multimedia :: Gnome-shell Does Not Start Logging In Via Gdm3 Greeter

Oct 8, 2015

Some days ago (2015-09-28) I installed Debian testing amd64. Log in as a user failed and instead of the Gnome UI there was a sad face with the text: „Oh no! Something has gone wrong. A problem occurred and the system can't recover.

All extensions have been disabled as a precaution. Log out“.

The relevant output of journalctl (run as root) said:

etc/gdm3/Xsession[5379]: cannot connect to brltty at :0
- /etc/gdm3/Xsession[5379]: Service 'org.kde.kaccessibleapp' does not exist.
- gnome-session[5379]: x-session-manager[5379]: WARNING: Application 'gnome-shell.desktop' killed by signal 5
- gnome-session[5379]: x-session-manager[5379]: WARNING: App 'gnome-shell.desktop' respawning too quickly
- x-session-manager[5379]: Unrecoverable failure in required component gnome-shell.desktop

[Code] ...

After some investigating, I found three work-arounds.

(1) Use gdm3-autologin: In /etc/gdm3/daemon.conf, remove the double crosses and insert own user name
AutomaticLoginEnable = true
AutomaticLogin = <own user name>
Disadvantage: Only one user can have access to the Gnome ui. If you log out, you enter the gdm3 greeter and … see above.

(2) Turn off gdm3 by running 'systemctl stop gdm3' as root, log in into a terminal as a user and run startx.

(3) Install package lightdm and make it to the standard display manager with 'dpkg-reconfigure lightdm'.
Disadvantage: Energy manager and screensaver settings of the Gnome control center are ignored.

The easiest way, however, especially if there are several users, is logging in via the gdm3 greeter.

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Software :: How To Edit My Extensions.conf Located On Remote Host

Feb 4, 2011

I intend to configure my extensions.conf and sip.conf but asterisk in configured on a remote host in another city, i have to travel there to configure it. Is there any way to access it using internet instead of vnc and teamviewer. how can i use telnet to access it or how can i ssh the remote host.

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Debian Multimedia :: Where Are Desktop Files For Panel Launchers Located

Jul 4, 2015

I have made some custom launchers on my Xfce panel and was wondering where their .desktop file was located. I checked /usr/share/applications but they were not there.

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Debian Multimedia :: Got Slim Running - No Sound, On Gdm3 Sound Works?

Jul 5, 2011

Running Compiz as a standalone WM.Managed to get Slim working, will post how later, but have no sound. If I boot using gdm3 the sound works. Obviously gdm3 loads something Slim doesn't, but can't workout what!Tried adding /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog & to my script - no dice, still no sound

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Debian Multimedia :: Gnome Themes Are Gone?

May 10, 2011

I'm in Debian testing and I had Gtk+-3 from the apt-get. Now because I wanted to install Xnoise in Debian from source, I needed gtk+-2. So I installed gtk+-2 from the source. And after that Xnoise was installed and worked great. I've noticed that Xnoise theme was standard(gray). Note: I installed both of them to /usr/local(default/no prefix). But when I rebooted my computer, all Gnome themes was also gray. BTW: After reset I can't hear any sound in Xnoise, but this isn't the subject here. Therefor, I went to System->Preferences->Appearance and It tells me the following error in a yellow box(translated): "The theme won't seen as excepted because GTK+ Adwaita suit isn't installed."

I had the "clean theme" which is the default Gnome theme in Debian. Now all the themes have gone.... I can see only "Custom" which is ugly gray. How can I restore it?

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Debian Multimedia :: Themes Alternate Between Programs

Mar 28, 2015

how to use my downloaded themes, I used a default Xfce theme. The only issue I saw with that was that the Synamptic window did not take the selected theme, it was default. When I selected my downloaded them in the Appearance menu, Synamptic started using the selected theme, but everythign else (99% of windows) went back to the default light grey color. Although my dark theme is selected, only Synaptic (that I know of) is using it.

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Debian Multimedia :: Installing GTK Themes On LXDE?

Mar 19, 2010

i have Debian 5 with LXDE installed on my desktop computer. i have everything set up, but i can't figure out how to change the GTK theme.

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Debian Multimedia :: How To Install Themes To Plymouth

Jun 16, 2011

I am new to linux... and I have Installed Debian as my default OS replacing Ubuntu.

I have Installed Plymouth:
# apt-get install plymouth
# /usr/sbin/plymouth-set-default-theme --list
# /usr/sbin/plymouth-set-default-theme THEME
# update-initramfs -u

Plymouth does not work. What went wrong? or what more should I do to make it work.Also how do I install themes to plymouth, which are not there in the theme package? I have come across this theme I really like but it is in tar.gz and I am looking for some guidance from the forum to run tar.gz packages.

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Debian Multimedia :: Install Themes From They Are Ugly And Don't Look How They Should

Feb 19, 2010

When I install themes from they are ugly and don't look how they should. Am I missing a package?

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Debian Multimedia :: XFCE4 Icon Themes Gone / Not Applying

Mar 9, 2010

I don't know what happened here, but running debian lenny and all of a sudden my icon theme is rodent, a decent chunk of icons are not showing up, and when I go to the icon changing panel they all look the same - like rodent! Icon themes I put in ~/.icons don't show up, and the icons in /usr/share/icons are permission as such:

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Debian Multimedia :: Not Much Stable If A Major DE Can't Change Themes?

Mar 11, 2010

lxappearance won't let me change themes on Squeeze. It just doesn't do anything, neither preview, nor theme setting. Turns out this is a known bug, and allegedly fixed. Ppl are told to "upgrade" their package. However, in Squeeze it's still the old package, and it doesn't work. So I filed another new bug report, which they closed and told me to upgrade the package.

Upgrade? From Sid? What happened to fixing Testing so it can become the next stable? Not much stable if a major DE can't change themes. Not that it's a real problem, but it's
annoying. I purged lxappearance and manually installed its Sid counterpart, only to find out
the bug is still there.

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Debian Multimedia :: Testing Fresh Install With GTK3 Themes

Apr 28, 2016

since few days I have installed a fresh debian testing on my new laptop, I am using XFCE4 as DE, I noticed that when I use these themes: greybird, bluebird and albatross the GTK3 applications (mostly from gnome 3 stack) do not display correctly the application. I have another laptop with an older debian testing with XFCE4 and the GTK3 themes work properly. The only relevant difference between the old computer and the new one are the video driver, the older use radeonsi driver and newest the nvidia blob binary.

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Debian Multimedia :: Icon Themes Added To Gnome Turned Up Missing

Mar 26, 2010

On my laptop, I have stable installed. The original install was about two years ago, and I've just been keeping up with all of the stable updates. It is now an up to date Lenny. Over the months and years I have added several new icon themes to Gnome. I have noticed over time that several of the icon themes' icons have turned up missing. To see what I'm talking about take a look at the screen shots here: [URL]
Screenshot-2 is a closeup.

As you can see, icon themes Amaranth, Crux and Dropline Etiquette are missing their respective theme icons. The icon themes work, when selected, but the icon theme icon in the "Customize Theme" window never appears. Several of the other icon themes are the same. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the icon theme packs, but that doesn't fix it. I also have a desktop system of Debian stable with some of the same icon themes as on the laptop, but it does not have this problem. However, it is a much newer installation.

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Debian Multimedia :: Disordered Non-alpabeticly List Of Existing Themes In Lxappearance

Jan 12, 2011

I have problems with a disordered non-alpabeticly list of existing themes in lxappearance. Googling gives a solution to use the stable version of lxapperance and pinning it to stable. This works great, but is there also a solution of using a alphabelictly sorted themes list in the testing (Squeeze) version of this program?

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Ubuntu :: Installing Themes - GTK + Themes 'ubuntulooks'is Not Installed And Won't Load Up The Themes

May 31, 2011

I'm trying to install new themes on ubuntu but it tells me that GTK + themes 'ubuntulooks'is not installed and won't load up the themes as it should. I went to package manager and installed it but still doesn't work. Themes to be installed, either overglossed or sickness-black. environment ubuntu 10.04.

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Debian :: There Is No Xorg.conf File In 6

Feb 18, 2011

I install Debian 6 in my thinkpad W500.

W500 has two video card : Intel integrated and ATI discreted .

Now I am using Intel Integrated video card . I find no xorg.conf file in /etc/X11 .

How to make Debian 6 using two different video cards through changing BIOS setting ?

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Debian :: No Gdm3 On Boot?

May 2, 2011

In playing around trying to get Debian/X installed/working on my PowerBook (machine details in signature), I at some point installed gdm. I then decided to try installing Gnome desktop from the list of tasks in aptitude. I didn't install absolutely everything in the list. (I skipped the accessibility stuff for the most part, for example.) But I did try installing gdm3. Since this conflicts with gdm, this meant uninstalling gdm. No problem. The install etc. seemed to go OK and Debian's configuration tool let me choose between gdm3 and xdm as the display manager. I chose gdm3.

Problem: gdm3 will not start on boot (and I'm not sure whether or how to start it later without leaving root logged in). I found that the init scripts for gdm were still installed in /etc/rc2.d/ etc. but nothing for gdm3. There was a script at /usr/sbin/gdm which appears to want to (1) delete itself; and (2) start gdm3. But the init script /etc/init.d/gdm contains a check for gdm being the default display manager. However, it isn't. The file it checks contained /usr/sbin/gdm3. So I tried using the update-rc.d and also insserv commands to disable gdm and to install the scripts for gdm3. I could disable the commands for gdm fine but not install links for /etc/init.d/gdm3. This script seemed to want console-screen which I didn't have but managed to install by some guesswork. I then got the init script for this installed for /etc/rcS.d but still couldn't get anything installed for init for gdm3. I also tried creating the links manually but this made no difference on boot. I also tried purging gdm rather than just uninstalling it and reinstalling gdm3. No go.

Eventually, I gave up and removed and purged gdm3 and reinstalled gdm and now the display manager starts as it should on boot.

I'm not sure what I did wrong and would like to know. I don't know that I'm bothered one way or another about gdm3 vs. gdm but I'd like to understand what is going on in case something similar happens with something I *do* care about. (I don't know what the advantages of gdm3 are so maybe I should care...)

I'm using Squeeze and my sources list includes stable contrib and non-free (added the last two so I can get firmware needed for wireless).

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Debian :: How To Do Auto Login With Gdm3 On Jessie

Jul 4, 2015

How can i do auto login with gdm3 on debian jessie?

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Debian :: Where Does Gdm3 Get Its Default DPMS Timeouts

Feb 9, 2016

There's a short version at the bottom.

I just installed jessie with gdm3 and use xfce.

I like my monitor to turn off when I'm not at the computer for more than 10 or 20 minutes or so and it wasn't doing that. I haven't used Linux for years and was used to xorg.conf/x11.conf and xinitrc and such.

So I rediscovered xset is responsible for DPMS settings. xset -q revealed DPMS was off. So I used it and put it in ~/.xinitrc. It didn't work. After some canoodling around I found out about xfce's Session and Startup gui thing. I was using that to run ~/.xinitrc.

When I got to my desktop and did a check with xfce4-terminal by running xset -q it would show DPMS enabled but the values were wrong. 600, 0, 900 to be exact.

After some searching I came across the information that xscreensaver will override DPMS settings as it manages DPMS too. So after more canoodling I found out about xfce's Screensaver preferences dialogue and used that to set my values. The values would immediately be set but the problem is that they are not persistent. If I reboot or log out the values will revert to 600, 0, 900. They will only reset to what I want them to be by running xfce's Screensaver preferences dialogue manually.

man gdm3, info gdm3, grep -r DPMS in /etc/gdm3, grep -r dpms in /etc/gdm3 reveal nothing related to DPMS. I've done some searching and nothing useful.

there is an /etc/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver-nogl which has some DPMS settings but the times are too large (2 hours); the only thing that matches is the off setting which is specified there.

xscreensaver -no-splash is present in the output of ps so it is xscreensaver and not gnome-screensaver.

The weird thing is that I re-enabled my ~/.xinitrc in xfce's Session and Startup gui thing and it is being run, but the numbers are getting set wrong after it is run. (I put an echo command after xset dpms 900 1200 1500, and the file is appearing in ~)

Where does 600, 0, 900 come from? Mystified on how to proceed from here. I don't remember enough on how to see what's doing what. Is there some sys thing or proc thing I can monitor to find out what's setting these values?

Short version: my xset dpms values are getting reset to 600, 0, 900 every time I logout or reboot. They revert to 600, 0, 900 every time I get to my desktop. I use gdm3 and xfce. Where are these coming from?

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