# Slim Tuning

A short post here to highlight some of SLiM’s configuration options. SLiM is a lightweight and easily customizable display manager. It’s responsible for starting the x window environment on login. (More about display managers)

Quick Note: The Arch Wiki gives a warning about SLiM’s compatibility with systemd. However, I’ve never had an issue that was directly related to SLiM.

The config file in qustion is: /etc/slim.conf. The configuration file has pretty good descriptions of the options, so I’ll just go over some of my favorites here.

• numlock

This is a simple option that you’ll probably want so that you don’t hvae to manually do it either for login password entry or during regular use.

• default_user

This will save a second or two of not having to manually enter your username at login. Relevant if you have a single user system.

• current_theme

The default theme is pretyt hideous in my opinion, so… The archlinux-themes-slim package contains several clean good looking themes. After installing the package, the themes are stored in /usr/share/slim/themes. Set the current_theme option to the theme’s name listed in the above directory.