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I believe my question says what I am trying to achieve.

Steps I tried to make gdm my default display manager:

  1. sudo dpkg-reconfigure than select gdm as my default.
  2. Edit /etc/X11/default-display-manager and change its content to


After the above two steps I logged out myself and after that when I see my login screen it still shows lightdm as my display manager.

What am I doing wrong here.?

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Have you uninstalled lightdm..? – Uri Herrera Jun 15 '12 at 16:42
@Uri Herrera This should not be necessary. – Vitalie Ciubotaru Jun 15 '12 at 17:02
possible duplicate of How can I make LightDM the default display manager? – BuZZ-dEE Aug 31 '15 at 11:28
up vote 20 down vote accepted

You seem to have configured gdm correctly, but you did not actually stop lightdm. Logging out doesn't stop it.

After doing sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm, you need to stop lightdm

sudo service lightdm stop

and start gdm

sudo service gdm start

Hope this helps.

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Note: This kills the session. Stopping the a display manager while running a desktop session will also kill your desktop environment. – f.ardelian Dec 14 '14 at 21:30
A lot of damage by following these steps. stop on lightdm gave me blank non X screens.. Crazy. – Siddharth Feb 28 '15 at 16:47

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