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Seatd is a minimal seat management daemon, and a universal seat management library. Seat management takes care of mediating access to shared devices (graphics, input), without requiring applications like Wayland compositors being granted root privileges.


USE flags

USE flags for sys-auth/seatd Minimal seat management daemon and universal library

builtin Enable embedded server in libseat
elogind Enable session tracking via sys-auth/elogind
server Enable standalone seatd server, replacement to (e)logind
systemd Enable use of systemd-specific libraries and features like socket activation or session tracking


root #emerge --ask sys-auth/seatd



To use seatd service, builtin and server USE flags are required. In addition, to have access to seatd, it is required to be part of the video and seat groups:

root #gpasswd -a larry video
root #gpasswd -a larry seat

Add the seatd daemon to the default runlevel so that seat management is provided on system startup:

root #rc-update add seatd default

Start the seatd daemon now:

root #rc-service seatd start