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How to set a global dconf value for gnome/gdm

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12
Gnome/gdm Desktop environment


Need a specific dconf setting to be set for gdm.

Example:  gdm login screen must not list the available users.

The gdm dconf database is kept in the gdm users home directory /var/lib/gdm/.  Normally a user can modify their own dconf settings which adds the entries to the database in their home directory.  However, since gdm is not a regular user, a method is provided to modify gdm's settings.


This example is specific for disabling the user list but the same procedure would be used for any gdm dconf setting.

1.  Create a new gdm keyfile under /etc/dconf/db/gdm.d/.  The gdm.d directory does not exist by default so create the directory if needed then create the new file.  The file name should start with a two digit number and a dash, similar to "10-local-gdm-settings".

The text in the file will identify the path to the schema and the value to be set.  Add the following text to the file to disable the user list:

     # Do not show the user list

Multiple entries can be made in the same file and multiple values can be placed under the same schema section.

2.  Create a new file (if it doesn't exist) called "gdm" in the directory /etc/dconf/profile/ and add the following text for the gdm profile:


3.  After the files are in place run "dconf update" as the root user to have it take effect.



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  • Document ID:7018850
  • Creation Date: 28-Apr-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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