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README file for SLiM

Nobuhiro Iwamatsu <>

SLiM (Simple Login Manager) is a graphical login manager for X11.
It aims to be simple, fast and independent from the various
desktop environments.
SLiM is based on latest stable release of by Per Lidén.

New features:
- External themes and configuration
- PNG support with alpha transparency for panel
- PNG / JPEG support for backgrounds
- XFT / freetype support
- Double or single (GDM-style) inputbox support
- CMake build procedure

see the INSTALL file


To launch slim, execute run the slim binary,
followed by the -d option if you want it to
run as a daemon in the background (reccommended)

enter username and password to login. The ~/.xinitrc
file is executed by default, so be sure to have a working
.xinitrc file in your home.

Special usernames (commands configurable in the config file):
- console: start console login
- exit: exit SLiM
- halt: halt the system
- reboot: reboot the system

pressing the F11 key executes a user-specified
command (see the configuration file), the default
is to take a screenshot if the 'import' program is available.

/usr/etc/slim.conf is the main configuration file.
Options are explained in the file itself


SLiM is copyright (c) 2004-06 by Simone Rota, Johannes Winkelmann,
Nobuhiro Iwamatsu and is available under the GNU General Public
See the COPYING file for the complete license.

Image handling code adapted and extended from xplanet 1.0.1,
copyright (c) 2002-04 by Hari Nair is copyright (c) 1997, 1998 by Per Liden and is
licensed through the GNU General Public License.