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The X Display Manager Control Protocol (XDMCP) is used by X terminals (and X servers in general) to set up an X session with a remote system over the network. A display manager can run on the same computer where the user sits or on a remote one. In the first case, the display manager starts one or more X servers, displaying the login screen at the beginning and (optionally) every time the user logs out. In the second case, the display manager works according to the XDMCP protocol.

The XDMCP protocol mandates that the X server starts autonomously and connects to the display manager. In the X Window System paradigm, the server runs on the computer providing the display and input devices. A server can connect, using the XDMCP protocol, to a display manager running on another computer, requesting it to start the session. In this case, the X server acts as a graphical telnet client while the display manager acts like a telnet server: users start programs from the computer running the display manager, while their input and output take place on the computer where the server (and the user) sits.

There are two distinct methods of using XDMCP:

On Unix systems, the XDMCP service is usually provided by the xdm  daemon, which runs continuously. It often also provides a login service to the X server running on the same machine.  xdm's provision of display management to the world is controlled by the Xaccess  file, found in /var/X11/xdm, /etc/X11/xdm  or XROOT/lib/X11/xdm. If this contains no lines that aren't blank or comments, xdm  will refuse to manage any remote display. For other configurations, look at the "XDMCP ACCESS CONTROL" section of xdm(1).

On systems using the Common Desktop Environment (CDE), including recent Digital Unix, Solaris and HP-UX systems, the XDMCP service is provided by dtlogin. It uses the same format of Xaccess  file as xdm, but stores it in both /usr/dt/config  and /etc/dt/config. You should copy it from the former to the latter before editing it, unless it's there already.

An administrator can configure an X server running on the computer or terminal of the user either to connect to a specific display manager, or to display a list of suitable hosts running potential X display managers. An XDMCP Chooser program allows the user to select a host from among those the terminal can connect to:

  1. a predefined list of hosts and their respective network addresses;
  2. a list of hosts (on the local TCP/IP subnet) that the XDMCP server in turn obtains by a network broadcast

The XDMCP server will often present itself in this list. When the user selects a host from the list, the X server running on the local machine will connect to the selected remote computer's X display manager.

Enabling XDMCP on Red Hat Linux

In RHEL by default X11 is enabled only for localhost. To be able to connections from the external box you need to edit the file /etc/gdm/custom.conf. The default setting for RHEL is

DisallowTCP=yes

which should be changed to "false"

To enable XDMCP that some users need you need to enable it.

[xdmcp] 
Enable=true

After that restart X11 server using command

init 3 && init 5

If in addition you want to provide ability to log as root you need security section as following

[security]
	DisallowTCP=false
	AllowRemoteRoot=true

If firewall is enabled you need to open several ports


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[Oct 11, 2012] What Ports Need to be Opened for XDMCP StarNet

X-Win32 can connect to linux hosts even behind a firewall.

Open up TCP port 6000-6005 (plus X-Win32's base display number) in both directions
Open up UDP port 177 to accept incomming connections from any port.

If you are using Gnome open up TCP ports 16001 and TCP 35091 in both directions.

If you are behind a router using NAT, map those ports to the IP address of your local computer on your LAN. The only other thing is make sure on the Network tab under the X-Config menu, that your display is the correct IP address. This is the address you are telling the host to send the session back to.

If you are using SuSE linux firewall, edit /etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2 changing the default options to the following

FW_SERVICES_EXT_UDP="177 bootpc"
FW_ALLOW_FW_BROADCAST_EXT="yes"

[Oct 11, 2012] Troubleshooting XDMCP Connections to UNIX and Linux Hosts - Tech Note 1229

There are several reasons why an XDMCP connection might fail. The most common reasons are:

To determine the cause of the problem and resolve it, start with section A. XDMCP Error Codes, and proceed through each subsequent section as directed.

Note: The troubleshooting steps in this note help you ensure that the XDM daemon is running and that Reflection X can successfully connect and run sessions using this daemon. An alternate workaround for starting sessions is to manually start X sessions. This procedure is described below under "To manually start an X session without using the XDM Daemon."

[Oct 11, 2012] XLaunch - XDMCP settings

XDMCP remote settings

A quick guide to setting insecure XDMCP mode on a remote machine running kdm, gdm, xdm or wdm...

On the remote Linux/Unix machine edit the following files and then restart the appropriate X Display Manager (which must not be run with the -nolisten tcp option, or similar...this maybe the default setting in your distro!)

If you have problems: use Wireshark or equivalent to monitor UDP traffic on the remote host and look for a protocol sequence, e.g. Query 177/UDP, Willing x/UDP, Request 177/UDP, Accept x/UDP, Manage 177/UDP, and see where it stops. If it gets through a sequence: test with local and remote xeyes in multiwindow mode, because the Display Manager acts just like an X client from then on in to provide its login window.

[Aug 30, 2012] How to enable remote login for root via XDMCP on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

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Restart gdm to make changes effective

[root@localhost ~]# gdm-restart

[Aug 30, 2012] Enable XDMCP in Linux

Jan 5, 2011 | RHEL Tech

Problem:
Need to enable the xdmcp protocol in the Linux server for getting remote using XBrowser.

Solution:

In RHEL Server:

1) Install the gdm package
# yum install gdm

2) Enable the xdmcp protocol by adding the below entries in the custom.conf file.
# vi /etc/gdm/custom.conf
[security]
AllowRemoteRoot=true
DisallowTCP=false

[xdmcp]
Enable=true

Note: Here "AllowRemoteRoot=true" used to allow root access.

3) Restart the gdm service
# gdm-restart


4) Check weather xdmcp port is opened or not, using netstat command
# netstat –an | grep 177
udp 0 0 0.0.0.0:177 0.0.0.0:*


In SUSE Server:


5) Install the required 2 packages
# yum install gdm xorg-x11


6) Set the default display manager by editing the displaymanager file
# vi /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager
DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"
DISPLAYMANAGER_REMOTE_ACCESS="yes"


7) Enable the xdmcp protocol by editing the gdm.conf file


# vi /etc/opt/gnome/gdm/gdm.conf
[security]
AllowRoot=true
AllowRemoteRoot=true


[xdmcp]
Enable=true


8) To make xdmcp listening on xdm by edit the xdm-config file
# vi /etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config
!DisplayManager.requestPort: 0


Note: Comment out this line for xdmcp listen on xdm


9) Restart the service and check with netstat
# rcxdm restart
# netstat –an | grep 177
udp 0 0 0.0.0.0:177 0.0.0.0:*


10) Verify from the Windows client using Xbrowser as root.

[Aug 30, 2012] Configuring XDMCP and GDM on Red Hat Linux

by Jeff Hunter, Sr. Database Administrator

Most users installing Linux today choose to install and configure the X Windows System. This allows those users to access their Linux environment using a graphic (GUI) console connected to the workstation or server. An X Windows environment provides users to run X programs like xterm, OpenOffice, Mozilla Firefox and a host of other useful graphical software packages.

There are times, however, when users need to log in to a Linux machine using the graphical X Windows System from a remote computer, like a Windows PC for example. The remote Windows PC would first need to have an X Windows Server installed like Xming, Exceed Hummingbird, or my personal favorite X-Win 32.

When installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the system defaults to a secure configuration which does not allow remote graphical logins or remote desktop access. This article explains the configuration changes required to allow remote access to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system (RHEL) using the X Display Manager Control Protocol (XDMCP) or GDM (GUI login).

Configure Linux to use GUI Logins
One of the first steps is to make certain the Red Hat Linux environment is configured to use a graphical (GUI) login. A Linux environment allows for either a text login or a graphical (GUI) login. This option is specified in the init script configuration file /etc/inittab. In order to allow remote graphical (GUI) logins, the environment itself must be configured for a X11 GUI login. Make certain the system is configured with the correct X11 runlevel (which in this case is runlevel 5):

#
# /etc/inittab
#


..... <SNIP> .....

# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#
id:5:initdefault:

..... <SNIP> .....

Granting Remote Access to the Login Manager
The next step is to grant MS Windows users remote GUI access to the Red Hat Linux system. More specifically, we need to grant access to the RHEL Login Manager. Use the GDM Login Manager for RHEL 5 or higher while using the XDM Login Manager for RHEL 3 and RHEL 4.

GDM Login Manager
Users running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, CentOS 5, or Oracle Linux Release 5 will need to use the GDM login manager as XDM is no longer supported.

First, edit the file /etc/gdm/custom.conf and add the following two entries:

[xdmcp]
Enable=true

[security]
DisallowTCP=false
AllowRemoteRoot=true

Next, restart X Windows:

[root@racnode1 ~]# init 3
[root@racnode1 ~]# init 5

The final step is to configure the GDM login manager using the gdmsetup utility:

[root@racnode1 ~]# gdmsetup

After starting the gdmsetup utility, click the Remote tab. Under the Remote tab, change the Style pull-down menu selection from 'Remote login disabled' to 'Same as Local':

How to use Cygwin to work with a Linux Server

  1. Connect and log in.
    1. This is the easy part. In a Cygwin window, type X -broadcast and you will be presented with the login for your server. Log in and enjoy.
    2. It's well worth reading the Cygwin documentation for other cool things you can do with it. You might want to start with the Cygwin/XFree86 FAQ.

Complete XDM Working Example

Solution

XDM manages (via CHOOSER) those systems either in the Xservers file or those that identify themselves over the network as being willing to be managed by XDM. All of XDM's configuration files (XFree86 v4.3.0) are in the directory /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm.

xdm-config

At the bottom of xdm-config, the lines read:
  ! SECURITY: do not listen for XDMCP or Chooser requests
  ! Comment out this line if you want to manage X terminals with xdm
  DisplayManager.requestPort:     0
Therefore, change the last line to:
  !DisplayManager.requestPort:     0

Xaccess

The comments in Xaccess are pretty clear. The two lines shown have been un-commented:
  *                        #any host can get a login window
  *   CHOOSER BROADCAST    #any indirect host can get a chooser

Xservers

XDM, as configured, will provide a nice graphical login screen on the local system. It will not, however, present the CHOOSER menu to allow logging into other systems. This is because the contents of the Xservers file directs XDM to manage the local display. Comment out the line:
  :0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X
as:
  #:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X

X Resources and other Chooser Setup

Configuring the chooser through X resources and scripts:

Well, now that we've got everything basically working, all that we have left is to clean up the configuration of the chooser so it is a little more useable and visually pleasing.

The chooser can be configured using X resources. By changing these resources we can do things such as change the chooser fonts, the layout of the list, and the colors. These resources are set in /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources (or a similar location on non-Debian machines).

On our systems, we wanted to do the following:

To accomplish this, we edited /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources to insert the following:
Chooser*geometry:               810x500+300+225
Chooser*allowShellResize:       false
Chooser*ShapeStyle:             Oval
Chooser*viewport.forceBars:     true
Chooser*label.font:             *-new century schoolbook-bold-i-normal-*-240-*
Chooser*label.label:            Available MEnet Hosts
!Chooser*list.font:             -*-*-medium-r-normal-*-*-230-*-*-c-*-iso8859-1
Chooser*list.font:              -misc-fixed-medium-r-semicondensed--13-120-75-75
-c-60-iso8859-1
Chooser*Command.font:           *-new century schoolbook-bold-r-normal-*-180-*
#ifdef COLOR
Chooser*Form.background:              gray80
Chooser*label.foreground:               white
Chooser*label.background:               midnightblue
Chooser*Command.background:            gray80
Chooser*list.columnSpacing:         25
Chooser*list.defaultColumns:         2
Chooser*list.forceColumns:         true
Chooser*list.verticalList:              true
Chooser*internalBorderColor:            black
Chooser*Command.font:           -adobe-helvetica-bold-r-*-*-12-*
Chooser*viewport.useRight:      true
#endif

Finally, we wanted to get rid of the default X11 "thatch" pattern on the root window, since it gives a horrid moire effect on small monitors. To do this, we tell xdm to use a shell script, called "chooser.script" instead of the normal "chooser". This script simply sets the background to "skyblue4" and runs the normal chooser. We set this in /etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config, adding the line

DisplayManager*chooser:         /usr/lib/X11/xdm/chooser.script
where "chooser.script" is
#!/bin/sh
xsetroot -solid skyblue4
/usr/lib/X11/xdm/chooser $*
The final result looks like:

customized chooser
[click for a larger image]

Much nicer, no?

A lot more customization is possible, through both X resources and the XDM configuration scripts. Consult the xdm man page for more details.

Linux XDMCP HOWTO

5. XDMCP and GDM (Gnome Display Manager)

The following is taken from the Gnome Display Manager Reference Manual:

GDM also supports the X Display Manager Protocol (XDMCP) for managing remote displays. GDM listens to UDP port 177 and will respond to QUERY and BROADCAST_QUERY requests by sending a WILLING packet to the originator. GDM can also be configured to honor INDIRECT queries and present a host chooser to the remote display. GDM will remember the user's choice and forward subsequent requests to the chosen manager. GDM only supports the MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 authentication system. Little is gained from the other schemes, and no effort has been made to implement them so far. Since it is fairly easy to do denial of service attacks on the XDMCP service, GDM incorporates a few features to guard against attacks. Please read the XDMCP reference section below for more information.

Even though GDM tries to outsmart potential attackers, it is still advised that you block UDP port 177 on your firewall unless you really need it. GDM guards against DoS attacks, but the X protocol is still inherently insecure and should only be used in controlled environments. Even though your display is protected by cookies the XEvents and thus the keystrokes typed when entering passwords will still go over the wire in clear text. It is trivial to capture these. You should also be aware that cookies, if placed on an NFS mounted directory, are prone to eavesdropping too.

Linux login with a Windows box and XDMCP

Technology & Life Integration: Fiction or Future

There are many different ways to login to a Linux computer. Most of them are text based and other graphical ones are slow and create lots of network traffic. To the windows click and pointy types the text based login's are a real pain and the other graphical types are murder over a slow connection. What a lot of people have probably forgotten is that the Linux graphical system, XWindows, is a client server application and is as equally at home across the network as it is on a local machine.

It also doesn't care what platform it is talking to. As long as the machines it communicates with, talk the talk, it is a happy camper. So to graphically log into a Linux computer remotely and see your special, lovingly customised desktop appear wherever you happen to be you don't need any other program than XWindows itself. For linux computers that generally comes part and parcel with the distribution and just needs to be enabled. For windows computers there is a free and open source program that gives you the ability to, talk the talk, to the Linux XWindows client server architecture.

While there are many such programs for Windows, some are commercial, some are free. I have used many of them but the latest one I have used and I find is the easiest to set up is the XMing program found on sourceforge and can be downloaded here. There are a few parts to it but for our purposes all we need is the server part and possibly the fonts. I never used the fonts though.

Installing is a no brainer and follows the standard "next,next,next" installation pattern of many windows programs. Once it is installed and if you made the right choices there will be two icons on your desktop. One for Xming and one for Xlaunch. I will get back to them later.

Generally for security reasons your linux distribution is not set up as an xdmcp server so we need to enable it. In this post I am not going to worry about securing it. I am just going to get it to a working stage. For this purpose I am going to use Kubuntu edgy and we are going to (shock, horror!!) manually edit two text files. These two files are in "/etc/kde3/kdm" so in konqueror we need to navigate to that directory. The two files which concern us are "kdmrc" and "Xaccess".

First right click on "kdmrc" and choose "Edit as root" under the "Actions" menu item. A text editor will then open up and we can make the first of our changes. Find the section starting with "[Xdmcp]". In that section there is "Enable=false" which should be "Enable=true". Next make sure that the "Xaccess=/etc/kde3/kdm/Xaccess" and "Willing=/etc/kde3/kdm/Xwilling" lines are as shown with no comment '#'s in front of them. Save your changes and close the file.

Second right click on "Xaccess" and choose "Edit as root" under the "Actions" menu item. The two lines that concern us are
"#* #any host can get a login window"
and
"#* CHOOSER BROADCAST #any indirect host can get a chooser".
They just need the comment '#' thingy to be removed from the start of the lines and the file saved and closed.

Finally the "kdm" login manager needs to be restarted by sending a sighup signal to it. To do that the command "sudo killall -s HUP kdm" is entered in a terminal window.

Once all that painfull text file manipulation is done wii come back to the Xlaunch icon on our windows desktop. Clicking on that brings up a dialog box where you can choose anything except "Multiple windows" and click on next. Choose the "Open session via XDMCP" selection and again click on next. Select the "Search for hosts (broadcast)" and click on next until the final screen. Here, if you choose, you can save your settings to your preferred location for easy one click access later. Clicking on the final button will then present you with a wonderful sight. A Linux login screen.

Re [gdm-list] remote manager (XDMCP) on Suse

Thanks. I have the extra menu option now but when I select xdmcp, I get an
Xrefresh (cursor becomes clock and large X) then the screen goes back to
the original login.

In /var/log/gdm, I see an entry implying that the X command is incorrect
Unrecognized options: 0
use ... (output from X --help)

In /var/log/messages, I see the command was
/usr/X11R6/in/X :0 0 -auth /var/gdm:0.Xauth
   Note the extra 0 ^
Where else could the X command be defined besides gdm.conf?

Here's my gdm.conf


# GDM Configuration file.  You can use gdmsetup program to graphically
# edit this, or you can optionally just edit this file by hand.  Note that
# gdmsetup does not tweak every option here, just the ones most users
# would care about.  Rest is for special setups and distro specific
# tweaks.  If you edit this file, you should send the HUP or USR1 signal to
# the daemon so that it restarts: (Assuming you have not changed PidFile)
#   kill -USR1 `cat /var/run/gdm.pid`
# (HUP will make gdm restart immediately while USR1 will make gdm not kill
# existing sessions and will only restart gdm after all users log out)
#
# You can also use the gdm-restart and gdm-safe-restart scripts which just
# do the above for you.
#
# For full reference documentation see the gnome help browser under
# GNOME|System category.  You can also find the docs in HTML form
# on http://www.jirka.org/gdm.html
#
# NOTE: Some of these are commented out but still show their default values.
# If you wish to change them you must remove the '#' from the beginning of
# the line.  The commented out lines are lines where the default might
# change in the future, so set them one way or another if you feel
# strongly about it.
#
# Have fun! - George

[daemon]
# Automatic login, if true the first local screen will automatically logged
# in as user as set with AutomaticLogin key.
AutomaticLoginEnable=false
AutomaticLogin=

# Timed login, useful for kiosks.  Log in a certain user after a certain
# amount of time
TimedLoginEnable=false
TimedLogin=
TimedLoginDelay=30

# The gdm configuration program that is run from the login screen, you should
# probably leave this alone
Configurator=/usr/bin/gdmsetup --disable-sound --disable-crash-dialog
# The chooser program.  Must output the chosen host on stdout, probably you
# should leave this alone
Chooser=/usr/bin/gdmchooser
# Greeter for local (non-xdmcp) logins.  Change gdmlogin to gdmgreeter to
# get the new graphical greeter.
Greeter=/usr/bin/gdmgreeter
# Greeter for xdmcp logins, usually you want a less graphically intensive
# greeter here so it's better to leave this with gdmlogin
RemoteGreeter=/usr/bin/gdmlogin
# Launch the greeter with an additional list of colon seperated gtk
# modules. This is useful for enabling additional feature support
# e.g. gnome accessibility framework. Only "trusted" modules should
# be allowed to minimise security holes
#AddGtkModules=false
# By default these are the accessibility modules
#GtkModulesList=gail:atk-bridge:dwellmouselistener:keymouselistener

# Default path to set.  The profile scripts will likely override this
DefaultPath=/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/bin:/opt/X11R6/bin:/usr/bin
# Default path for root.  The profile scripts will likely override this
#RootPath=/sbin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/X11R6/bin:/usr/local/bin:/opt/X11R6/bin:/usr/bin

# If you are having trouble with using a single server for a long time and
# want gdm to kill/restart the server, turn this on
AlwaysRestartServer=false

# User and group that gdm should run as.  Probably should be gdm and gdm and
# you should create these user and group.  Anyone found running this as
# someone too privilaged will get a kick in the ass.  This should have
# access to only the gdm directories and files.
User=gdm
Group=gdm
# To try to kill all clients started at greeter time or in the Init script.
# doesn't always work, only if those clients have a window of their own
#KillInitClients=true
LogDir=/var/log/gdm
# You should probably never change this value unless you have a weird setup
PidFile=/var/run/gdm.pid
# Note that a post login script is run before a PreSession script.
# It is run after the login is successful and before any setup is
# run on behalf of the user
PostLoginScriptDir=/etc/X11/gdm/SunRayPostLogin/
PreSessionScriptDir=/etc/X11/gdm/SunRayPreSession/
PostSessionScriptDir=/etc/X11/gdm/SunRayPostSession/
DisplayInitDir=/etc/X11/gdm/SunRayInit
# Distributions:  If you have some script that runs an X server in say
# VGA mode, allowing a login, could you please send it to me?
FailsafeXServer=
# if X keeps crashing on us we run this script.  The default one does a bunch
# of cool stuff to figure out what to tell the user and such and can
# run an X configuration program.
XKeepsCrashing=/bin/true
# Reboot, Halt and suspend commands, you can add different commands
# separated by a semicolon and gdm will use the first one it can find
RebootCommand=/bin/false
HaltCommand=/bin/false
SuspendCommand=/bin/false
# Probably should not touch the below this is the standard setup
ServAuthDir=/var/gdm
# This is our standard startup script.  A bit different from a normal
# X session, but it shares a lot of stuff with that.  See the provided
# default for more information.
BaseXsession=/etc/X11/gdm/Xsession
# This is a directory where .desktop files describing the sessions live
# It is really a PATH style variable since 2.4.4.2 to allow actual
# interoperability with KDM
#SessionDesktopDir=/etc/X11/sessions/:/etc/X11/dm/Sessions/:/usr/share/xsessions/
# This is the default .desktop session.  One of the ones in SessionDesktopDir
#DefaultSession=gnome.desktop
# Better leave this blank and HOME will be used.  You can use syntax ~/ below
# to indicate home directory of the user.  You can also set this to something
# like /tmp if you don't want the authorizations to be in home directories.
# This is useful if you have NFS mounted home directories.  Note that if this
# is the home directory the UserAuthFBDir will still be used in case the home
# directory is NFS, see security/NeverPlaceCookiesOnNFS to override
this behaviour.
UserAuthDir=
# Fallback if home directory not writable
UserAuthFBDir=/tmp
UserAuthFile=.Xauthority
# The X server to use if we can't figure out what else to run.
StandardXServer=/usr/X11R6/bin/X
# The maximum number of flexible X servers to run.
FlexibleXServers=0
# the X nest command
Xnest=/usr/X11R6/bin/Xnest -audit 0 -name Xnest
# Automatic VT allocation.  Right now only works on Linux.  This way
# we force X to use specific vts.  turn VTAllocation to false if this
# is causing problems.
#FirstVT=7
VTAllocation=false
# Should double login be treated with a warning (and possibility to change
# vts on linux systems for console logins)
#DoubleLoginWarning=true

[security]
# If any distributions ship with this one off, they should be shot
# this is only local, so it's only for say kiosk use, when you
# want to minimize possibility of breakin
AllowRoot=true
# If you want to be paranoid, turn this one off
AllowRemoteRoot=true
# This will allow remote timed login
AllowRemoteAutoLogin=false
# 0 is the most anal, 1 allows group write permissions, 2 allows all write
# permissions
RelaxPermissions=0
# Number of seconds to wait after a bad login
RetryDelay=3
# Maximum size of a file we wish to read.  This makes it hard for a user to DoS
# us by using a large file.
UserMaxFile=65536
# If true this will basically append -nolisten tcp to every X command line,
# a good default to have (why is this a "negative" setting? because if
# it is false, you could still not allow it by setting command line of
# any particular server).  It's probably better to ship with this on
# since most users will not need this and it's more of a security risk
# then anything else.
# Note: Anytime we find a -query or -indirect on the command line we do
# not add a "-nolisten tcp", as then the query just wouldn't work, so
# this setting only affects truly local sessions.
DisallowTCP=false
# By default never place cookies if we "detect" NFS.  We detect NFS
# by detecting "root-squashing".  It seems bad practice to place
# cookies on things that go over the network by default and thus we
# don't do it by default.  Sometimes you can however use safe remote
# filesystems where this is OK and you may want to have the cookie in your
# home directory.
#NeverPlaceCookiesOnNFS=true

# XDMCP is the protocol that allows remote login.  If you want to log into
# gdm remotely (I'd never turn this on on open network, use ssh for such
# remote usage that).  You can then run X with -query <thishost> to log in,
# or -indirect <thishost> to run a chooser.  Look for the 'Terminal' server
# type at the bottom of this config file.
[xdmcp]
# Distributions: Ship with this off.  It is never a safe thing to leave
# out on the net.  Setting up /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny to only
# allow local access is another alternative but not the safest.
# Firewalling port 177 is the safest if you wish to have xdmcp on.
# Read the manual for more notes on the security of XDMCP.
Enable=true
# Honour indirect queries, we run a chooser for these, and then redirect
# the user to the chosen host.  Otherwise we just log the user in locally.
HonorIndirect=true
# Maximum pending requests
#MaxPending=4
#MaxPendingIndirect=4
# Maximum open XDMCP sessions at any point in time
#MaxSessions=16
# Maximum wait times
#MaxWait=15
#MaxWaitIndirect=15
# How many times can a person log in from a single host.  Usually better to
# keep low to fend off DoS attacks by running many logins from a single
# host.  This is now set at 2 since if the server crashes then gdm doesn't
# know for some time and wouldn't allow another session.
#DisplaysPerHost=2
# The number of seconds after which a non-responsive session is logged off.
# Better keep this low.
#PingIntervalSeconds=15
# The port.  177 is the standard port so better keep it that way
#Port=177
# Willing script, none is shipped and by default we'll send
# hostname system id.  But if you supply something here, the
# output of this script will be sent as status of this host so that
# the chooser can display it.  You could for example send load,
# or mail details for some user, or some such.
Willing=/etc/X11/xdm/Xwilling

[gui]
# The 'theme'.  By default we're using the default gtk theme
# Of course assuming that gtk got installed in the same prefix,
# if not change this.
# NOTE - the next line is modified by the specfile.src in
# src/pkg/gdm for suse/jds. Know what you are doing before changing.
GtkRC=/usr/share/themes/Bluecurve/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
# Maximum size of an icon, larger icons are scaled down
#MaxIconWidth=128
#MaxIconHeight=128

[greeter]
# Greeter has a nice title bar that the user can move
TitleBar=false
# Configuration is available from the system menu of the greeter
ConfigAvailable=true
# Face browser is enabled.  This only works currently for the
# standard greeter as it is not yet enabled in the graphical greeter.
Browser=false
# The default picture in the browser
DefaultFace=/usr/share/pixmaps/nobody.png
# These are things excluded from the face browser, not from logging in
Exclude=bin,daemon,adm,lp,sync,shutdown,halt,mail,news,uucp,operator,nobody,gdm,postgres,pvm,rpm,nfsnobody,pcap
# As an alternative to the above this is the minimum uid to show
#MinimalUID=100
# If user or user.png exists in this dir it will be used as his picture
GlobalFaceDir=/usr/share/faces/
# File which contains the locale we show to the user.  Likely you want to use
# the one shipped with gdm and edit it.  It is not a standard locale.alias file,
# although gdm will be able to read a standard locale.alias file as well.
LocaleFile=/etc/X11/gdm/locale.alias
# Logo shown in the standard greeter
Logo=
# The standard greeter should shake if a user entered the wrong username or
# password.  Kind of cool looking
Quiver=true
# The Actions menu (formerly system menu) is shown in the greeter, this is the
# menu that contains reboot, shutdown, suspend, config and chooser.  None of
# these is available if this is off.  They can be turned off individually
# however
SystemMenu=true
# Should the chooser button be shown.  If this is shown, GDM can drop into
# chooser mode which will run the xdmcp chooser locally and allow the user
# to connect to some remote host.  Local XDMCP does not need to be enabled
# however
ChooserButton=true
DefaultWelcome=true
DefaultRemoteWelcome=true
# Note to distributors, if you wish to have a different Welcome string
# and wish to have this translated you can have entries such as
# Welcome[cs]=Vitejte na %n
# Just make sure the string is in utf-8
# Welcome is for all console logins and RemoteWelcome is for remote logins
# (through XDMCP).
# The default entries that are shipped are translated inside genius and
# are as follows:
Welcome=Hi there
RemoteWelcome=Welcome to Remote host %n
# Don't allow user to move the standard greeter window.  Only makes sense
# if TitleBar is on
LockPosition=true
# Set a position rather then just centering the window.  If you enter
# negative values for the position it is taken as an offset from the
# right or bottom edge.
SetPosition=false
PositionX=0
PositionY=0
# Xinerama screen we use to display the greeter on.  Not for true
# multihead, currently only works for Xinerama.
XineramaScreen=0
# Background settings for the standard greeter:
# Type can be 0=None, 1=Image, 2=Color
BackgroundType=0
BackgroundImage=
BackgroundScaleToFit=true
BackgroundColor=#27408b
# XDMCP session should only get a color, this is the sanest setting since
# you don't want to take up too much bandwidth
BackgroundRemoteOnlyColor=true
# Program to run to draw the background in the standard greeter.  Perhaps
# something like an xscreensaver hack or some such.
#BackgroundProgram=
# if this is true then the background program is run always, otherwise
# it is only run when the BackgroundType is 0 (None)
RunBackgroundProgramAlways=false
# Show the Failsafe sessions.  These are much MUCH nicer (focus for xterm for
# example) and more failsafe then those supplied by scripts so distros should
# use this rather then just running an xterm from a script.
ShowGnomeFailsafeSession=false
ShowXtermFailsafeSession=false
# Normally there is a session type called 'Last' that is shown which refers to
# the last session the user used.  If off, we will be in 'switchdesk' mode where
# the session saving stuff is disabled in GDM
#ShowLastSession=true
# Always use 24 hour clock no matter what the locale.
Use24Clock=false
# Use circles in the password field.  Looks kind of cool actually,
# but only works with certain fonts.
UseCirclesInEntry=false
# These two keys are for the new greeter.  Circles is the standard
# shipped theme
GraphicalTheme=circles
GraphicalThemeDir=/usr/share/gdm/themes/

# The chooser is what's displayed when a user wants an indirect XDMCP
# session, or selects Run XDMCP chooser from the system menu
[chooser]
# Default image for hosts
DefaultHostImg=/usr/share/pixmaps/nohost.png
# Directory with host images, they are named by the hosts: host or host.png
HostImageDir=/usr/share/hosts/
# Time we scan for hosts (well only the time we tell the user we are
# scanning actually, we continue to listen even after this has
# expired)
ScanTime=4
# A comma separated lists of hosts to automatically add (if they answer to
# a query of course).  You can use this to reach hosts that broadcast cannot
# reach.
Hosts=
# Broadcast a query to get all hosts on the current network that answer
Broadcast=true
# Allow adding random hosts to the list by typing in their names
AllowAdd=true

[debug]
# This will enable debugging into the syslog, usually not neccessary
# and it creates a LOT of spew of random stuff to the syslog.  However it
# can be useful in determining when something is going very wrong.
Enable=false

[servers]
# These are the standard servers.  You can add as many you want here
# and they will always be started.  Each line must start with a unique
# number and that will be the display number of that server.  Usually just
# the 0 server is used.
#0=StandardVT
0=Standard
#1=Standard
# Note the VTAllocation and FirstVT keys on linux.  Don't add any vt<number>
# arguments if VTAllocation is on, and set FirstVT to be the first vt
# available that your gettys don't grab (gettys are usually dumb and grab
# even a vt that has already been taken).  Using 7 will work pretty much for
# all linux distributions.  VTAllocation is not currently implemented on
# anything but linux since I don't own any non-linux systems.  Feel free to
# send patches.  X servers will just not get any extra arguments then.
#
# If you want to run an X terminal you could add an X server such as this
#0=Terminal -query serverhostname
# or for a chooser (optionally serverhostname could be localhost)
#0=Terminal -indirect serverhostname
#
# If you wish to run the XDMCP chooser on the local display use the following
# line
#0=Chooser

## Note:
# is your X server not listening to TCP requests?  Perhaps you should look
# at the security/DisallowTCP setting!

# Definition of the standard X server.
[server-Standard]
name=Standard server
command=/usr/X11R6/bin/X -audit 0
flexible=false

# Standard Server with forced vt allocation
[server-StandardVT]
name=Standard server with VTAllocation
command=/usr/X11R6/bin/X -audit 0 vt7
flexible=false

# To use this server type you should add -query host or -indirect host
# to the command line
[server-Terminal]
name=Terminal server
# Add -terminate to make things behave more nicely
command=/usr/X11R6/bin/X -audit 0 -terminate
# Make this not appear in the flexible servers (we need extra params
# anyway, and terminate would be bad for xdmcp choosing).  You can
# make a terminal server flexible, but not with an indirect query.
# If you need flexible indirect query server, then you must get rid
# of the -terminate and the only way to kill the flexible server will
# then be by Ctrl-Alt-Backspace
flexible=false
# Not local, we do not handle the logins for this X server
handled=false

# To use this server type you should add -query host or -indirect host
# to the command line
[server-Chooser]
name=Chooser server
command=/usr/X11R6/bin/X -audit 0
# Make this not appear in the flexible servers for now, but if you
# wish to allow a chooser server then make this true.  This is the
# only way to make a flexible chooser server that behaves nicely.
flexible=false
# Run the chooser instead of the greeter.  When the user chooses a
# machine they will get this same server but run with
# "-terminate -query hostname"
chooser=true



On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 5:12 PM, Brian Cameron <Brian Cameron sun com> wrote:
>
> Dave:
>
> If you have turned on SystemMenu=true and ChooserButton=true in your
> GDM configuration, then you should be able to use the "Options" button
> to start the gdmchooser program, which will allow you to XMDCP to
> other machines.
>
> Some GDM themes may not support the Options button, or a button to
> run the XDMCP chooser.  You can hit the F10 key to see a menu which
> will show all the options.  If you are using a theme that doesn't
> support showing the XDMCP chooser via a more direct method than
> the "F10" key, then you might consider using a better theme, or
> enhancing your theme to support the Options button or a button to
> launch the chooser.
>
> Brian
>
>> I have a Suse 9 SP3 host I've installed gdm via sunray server. The
>> default WM is KDE.
>> What I'd like the login screen to allow is a remote login to any
>> machine broadcasting
>> via XDMCP without first logging in to this host.
>> Under CDE, this would be found under options-->remote host.
>> I've already modified gdm.conf with
>> Enable=True
>> Browser=true
>> ChooserButton=true
>>
>> I've restarted X11 but see no difference. On this host I can xnest to
>> get a remote login
>> display from the various target hosts so I know they're running XDMCP.
>>
>> What other steps do I need to take?
>>
>> TIA
>> _______________________________________________
>> gdm-list mailing list
>> gdm-list gnome org
>> http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gdm-list
>
>

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