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When I log in my Ubuntu 13.04 account, my login screen still shows up as my desktop background, making my computer slow. Recently, I made some changes when I log in, such as removing both "Guest Login" and "Remote Login." I used the following code:

sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

And changed my default login information:


To this:





I feel like this was the source of the problem so I tried to delete the added lines but the file was "read only." Is there anyway I can edit the file to fix my problem?

Also, is there anything else I can do so my desktop can return back to normal without the login screen showing? I just recently downloaded Ubuntu 13.04 a couple of days ago so I'm only a beginner.

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  1. I strongly advise you not to fiddle around with files that are so relevant to your OS. They belong to root and are read-only for a reason.

  2. If you want to skip the login-screen (aka Unity-Greeter), go to the "users" aerea of the system settings and edit your account by switching on "automatic login" (may be labelled slightly different, I'm using the German version of 13.04).

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Manually editing configuration files is one of the normal ways to adjust settings on most Unix-like systems, including Ubuntu. This problem happens primarily due to a bug. – Eliah Kagan Jul 22 '13 at 6:34


Setting "Show desktop icons" ON fixes the problem for me.

You can access this configuration using the "Ubuntu Tweak" utility in 'Tweaks->Desktop Icons'.

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The master bug for this is now bug #1115886. – Eliah Kagan Jul 22 '13 at 6:35

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