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I want to disable lightdm from autostart. Currenty, I run service lightdm disable from terminal, then run startx.

update-rc.d doesnt help

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lightdm is starter by Upstart, not SysV Init, so update-rc.d doesn't work.

Use

 echo  "manual" | sudo tee -a /etc/init/lightdm.override
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thank you! By the way, I found profiles draft for upstart, but it is not implemented so far... –  Samat May 21 '12 at 4:25
    
With this setting I get a black screen when I exit the GUI (after having started it with the startx command). –  August Karlstrom Jun 4 '12 at 17:50
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If you want to disable lightdm to enable gdm or kdm or any other display manager, enter the following command in the terminal

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

Then enter on ok and then select from the list your desired display manager.

The same answer with screenshots is given here: http://askubuntu.com/a/138569/62483

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