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How to open a XDMCP Connection from Solaris 11 Login Manager (Doc ID 1419318.1)

Last updated on JUNE 13, 2023

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 11 11/11 to 11 11/11 [Release 11.0]
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)


With the introduction of GDM 2.22 and later, the ability to enable and configure the XDMCP Chooser was lost. Solaris 11 ships with GDM 2.30.x at least. This is a bug within GDM and not specifically Solaris 11.

Details of the upstream GDM/Gnome bug can be found at

To quote a pertinent quote in the bug:

The documentations states:
GDM 2.20 and earlier supported the ability to manage multiple displays with separate graphics cards, such as used in terminal server environments,  login in a window via a program like Xnest or Xephyr, the gdmsetup program, XML-based greeter themes, and the ability to run the XDMCP chooser from the login screen. These features were not added back during the 2.22 rewrite.

The documentation referenced is here


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