In Ubuntu 12.04, lightDM login screen uses user’s desktop wallpaper as its background. If you don’t prefer this feature in your machine, here’s a way to set lightdm login screen background different to User’s desktop wallpaper.
First open up a terminal window (search terminal from the dash, or press Ctrl+Alt+T) and do following commands.
- Allow the user lightdm to create a connection to the X server
sudo xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm
- Switch user to lightdm
sudo su lightdm -s /bin/bash
- Turn off the dynamic switching of the background
gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-user-backgrounds false
Now you can change login background via a gui tool like Ubuntu Tweak, and see effect!
If you want to re-enable this feature, in a new terminal window re-run previous commands but change the third to:
gsettings reset com.canonical.unity-greeter draw-user-backgrounds