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Revision as of 15:21, 16 April 2013

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The PC-BSD Display Manager (PCDM) is a new, BSD-licensed graphical login utility. In PC-BSD® 9.2, it will replace the GDM login utility. It will be added to a future rolling release to allow testing before the release of PC-BSD® 9.2.



PCDM provides the following features:

  • provides PAM session/authentication using the login PAM module
  • supports remote login with XDMCP (needs additional testing)
  • provides an easy-to-use desktop environment selector
  • provides language and locale selectors during login
  • includes a keyboard layout selector
  • includes a virtual Keyboard (using xvkbd)
  • can be used to shutdown or restart the computer

Getting PCDM

If you would like to help test PCDM before it is available in a rolling release, you can build it on your current 9.x PC-BSD® system using the following instructions.

First, go to System Manager -> System Packages and make sure that Development -> Development-Qt and Development-VCS are installed. You will also need to install system source using System Manager -> Tasks.

Next, open a command prompt, become the superuser, and cd to a directory suitable for downloading the PCDM source. Execute the following commands to download and build the PCDM source:

svn co svn://svn.pcbsd.org/pcbsd/current/src-qt4/
cd src-qt4/libpcbsd
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make install
cd ../PCDM
qmake-qt4 *.pro
make install

Once the installation is complete, instruct the system to use PCDM instead of GDM. Comment out this line in /etc/rc.conf.pcbsd by adding a # to the beginning of the line:


Add this line to that file:


Save the edits then reboot the system to access the PCDM login prompt.

Display Overview

(post screenshot)


Configuring pcdm.conf

Modifying a Theme

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