Emptty, a blazing fast Display Manager


Emptty is one of the newest additions to and already a favorite of mine. This CLI Display Manager is blazing fast and offers a few configuration options.

One of these options and my personal favorite is setting the MOTD, like the one you see on the post image. As far as I can tell, it only supports plain text and ANSI color escape codes. If the possibility for scripts arises, it can allow some really cool stuff.

I’m already picturing it: lolcat all the things! But I drool… I mean, digress.

You can also choose the TTY where it’ll run, set auto login, create custom sessions just for emptty and a couple for customization options you can check over at Github.

And .xinitrc users, emptty has your back.

If config XINITRC_LAUNCH is set to true, it enables possibility to use .xinitrc script. See samples

The package is in version v0.2.0.r12.44b809d-1 at the time of publishing of this post. In this version, the package has:

  • 745,34Kib of download size
  • 1910,79Kib of used disk space after install
  • ~6,8Mib of used RAM when running

As you can see, it’s really lightweight. At least as important, it looks really nice and gives a nostalgic vibe.

If you like efficiency, I think you’ll love this CLI Display Manager written in Go. To install it, assuming you already have userrepository in your repository list, just run:

sudo pacman -Syuv emptyy-git

One last thing: please become a Patron if you want to support Even €1 will help cover the monthly expenses, just over €15. If I get enough patrons, I’ll be able to upgrade the virtual machine to one with better specs, which will allow a higher package compression level, shorter build times and maybe even packaged kernels. Thank you 🙂

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