[CentOS] centos6 - failsafe terminal on login screen

Fri Sep 28 16:44:28 UTC 2012
James Pearson <james-p at moving-picture.com>

fred smith wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 05:36:19PM -1000, Miranda Hawarden-Ogata wrote:
>>I have some clients that run centos6 and I need to have users be able to 
>>access the "failsafe terminal" from the login screen. The old options (from 
>>4/5) for choosing your session aren't present. I've googled a bit on this 
>>but don't seem to be using a good search string as most of the hits have 
>>nothing to do with this and the rest aren't helpful.
>>So, just wondering if anyone knows what I need to do to "turn on" session 
>>choosing from the login screen, and how to include the failsafe terminal.
> so, if I understand correctly, you want to be able to choosoe "Gnome",
> "XFCE", etc., etc. from the login screen, right?
> the feature is there, but it doesn't show up until you've chosen a username
> either from the list displayed, or entered one manually. so, enter a user
> ID and then choose, before completing the password.

If you install xorg-x11-xinit-session you get a option once you've 
entered a username that will run your ~/.xsession or ~/.Xclients files 
(if they exist)

You can use the file it installs 
(/usr/share/xsessions/xinit-compat.desktop) as a template to create your 
own 'desktop' file that will start what you like - I have a 
/usr/share/xsessions/failsafe.desktop file that just starts xterm

James Pearson