How to Disable or Change the Display Manager on Void Linux
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Display Manager Services
In order to change the display manager on Void Linux - or any other Linux distro - you need to identify the currently enabled display manager.
Disabling the Current Display Manager
Void Linux only has one ISO available for download with a pre-built display manager at the time of this post: the XFCE ISO. If you've installed this version, the pre-assigned display manager is
lxdm. If you installed another display manager, replace
lxdm in the following command with the display manager you have installed.
lxdm, simply remove the service symlink:
Enabling a New Display Manager
If you want to enable a new display manager, you can do so after
lxdm is disabled. Make sure to replace
<new_display_manager> with your new DM, such as
Depending on your setup, you may need to create a few X files, such as
~/.xinitrc. For my personal set-up, I created this file to launch the i3wm as my desktop.
If you run a desktop other than i3, simply replace
i3 with the shell command that launches that desktop.
Set Up Shell Profile
Finally, in order to automatically launch an X session upon login, you will need to edit the
.bash_profile (bash) or
.zprofile (zsh) files for your shell:
Add the following snippet to the end of the shell profile file. This will execute the
startx command upon login.
if [ && [; then fi
Alternatively, you can ignore this step and simply choose to manually execute
startx upon login. This can be useful if you have issues with your desktop or like to manually launch different desktops by choice.