gpe-login(1) - login window for the G Palmtop Environment.





is the main login manager for the G Palmtop Environment (GPE). The gpe-login window supports the display of the owner information added through gpe-ownerinfo and setting a background image for the login window. The gpe-login package also implements the 'Lock display on suspend' feature.

This manual page was written for the Debian(TM) distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.



Lock screen when device goes to suspend, not after some time has passed in order to protect the screen upon resume. (Can also be set directly in the GUI configuration by selecting "lock display on suspend" in the Login Setup.)


X geometry specification (see "X" man page).


Provides support for using the ipaq's front panel buttons to enter your password for gpe-login. This behaviour is enabled with the new "--hard-keys" command-line option, which you can pass in from /etc/Xinit.d/99gpe-login.

To use this facility, your password currently needs to be four characters long and consist only of the characters 1234NESW. 1234 are bound to the four circular function keys; NESW are bound to the four major directions on the joypad.

There is no "delete" or "enter" in this mode. Gpe-login simply looks at the four most recent characters you typed. If you make a mistake while entering your password, simply start over.

By default, the embedded xkbd is suppressed when you use --hard-keys. You can turn it back on by passing the --xkbd argument. If you want to supply extra arguments to xkbd (eg to select a simplified map with large friendly keys), use --xkbd "-k" or whatever.


"Classic" mode, gpe-login displays an embedded xkbd and prompts the user to type their password in an entry box. Use --xkbd to re-enable classic mode if hard-keys is also set.


This manual page was written by Neil Williams <[email protected]> for the Debian(TM) system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


Neil Williams



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