I'm experiencing a very annoying problem on Ubuntu 18.04.

Whenever my laptop resumes after being suspended I'm completely unable to login and get the error;

Authentication Failure Switch to greeter

The issue is well described here, although it seems no one has found a solution to it.


Is there any way to stop this from happening?


To anyone who comes across this, the shortcut to get to the greeter without having to reboot is Ctrl-Alt-F1.

Also if anyone of the people who voted to close this question had actually read the bug report above they'd see that users still report the same issue after upgrading to 18.04.


As per Michael Durrant's comment above and this post:

$ sudo apt install --reinstall lightdm
$ sudo service lightdm restart

Note: Running this command will log you out of your system. So, make sure to save your work before that.

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  • One time problem solved by reboot but then appears again. Suggested solution works for me. – Vlad Savitsky Dec 1 '18 at 15:47
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    WARNING: This works well. However, issuing these commands will log you out of the system. So, make sure to save your work before running these commands. – mindreader Jan 21 '19 at 20:03

I resolved the issue by a simple restart.

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