creating fat 'thin' clients with ltsp

Jim Kronebusch jim at
Mon Feb 25 16:26:12 GMT 2008

On Sat, 23 Feb 2008 18:29:47 +0100, David Van Assche wrote
> forwarded from private conversation in case there is interest:
> Ok,
>    so after pointing out some of my syntatic errors in the wiki, I made some
> changes, namely, adding 2 lines in the nfs mount part (because currently all
> the RCFILENN= get executed BEFORE many of the vital startup functions, like
> portmap and nfs-mount)... which brings me to a fully working chroot... the
> other issue was that gdm needs the right permissions... for some reason it
> cannot be started from any old user by default, which is sort of irrelevant
> for the startup sequence since it's started from root... but I had to create
> another RCFILENN= with a call to startup gdm, since it refuses to startup
> from the regular scripts. A terrible hack, but it works!
>    Anyway, the result is, I get a wonderful gdm login screen with a
> selection list of all my ldap users (much nicer than regular ltsp) with
> FULLY working flash, java, sound usb sticks and other local devices... it
> even loads faster than regular ltsp... but maybe thats on my fatted up
> clients and the fact its xfce...
> Anyway, I've updated the wiki which is here:

Thanks for the update David.  I'll run the additions through the paces today and post
back if I have any problems.

One note, I'll likely need to change my GDM configuration so that all the users don't
show up with a selection.  Picking from 500 users or so would be a little annoying.  But
that should be an easy mod.


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