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edward
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Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by edward »

Due to a resolution issue, I switched the desktop manager (login screen) from lightdm to lxdm, when I noticed it was already installed. In looking at some screenshots beforehand,when the LXDM screen appears, I am not seeing the date and time at the upper right corner of the screen.

Is there a way of configuring LXDM so that it will display the current date and time?

Thank you.
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edward
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Re: Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by edward »

This appears to be a bug. I found running lxdm-config (as root) from a terminal, brings up the options and whether the "hide time" entry is checked or not, it does not display the date and time.

As I am using Fedora, I reported the bug on their bug reporting system.
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Re: Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by edward »

It turns out the date and time is there, however on a darker background like the Fedora 30 default background, it can't be seen because the text color is black and I haven't found anywhere where the color can be changed.

I then changed the background to the wave.svg file included with the lxdm Industrial theme and the date and time (still in black) can now be seen on the screen. I also changed both the LXDE and LXQt default desktop backgrounds to this same image and find it easier on the eyes. :)
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drooly
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Re: Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by drooly »

edward wrote:Is there a way of configuring LXDM
Yes, there is:
You edit /etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf.
SInce the greeter is gtk based, you should probably change the theme to a dark one (with light text, for a dark background).

edward
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Re: Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by edward »

drooly wrote:
edward wrote:Is there a way of configuring LXDM
Yes, there is:
You edit /etc/lxdm/lxdm.conf.
SInce the greeter is gtk based, you should probably change the theme to a dark one (with light text, for a dark background).
I looked in that file and saw the reference to hide_time, but it was the background causing it to not display clearly, dark background with black text, it was there but could not be viewed.

When I changed the background to the default image supplied with the Industrial theme, which is lighter in color, the date and time appears normally.
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drooly
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Re: Configuring LXDM to display date and time

Post by drooly »

The font colors are defined by the GTK theme applied.
If you choose a dark GTK theme, fonts are usually light in color.
So do that.

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