My system is running Ubuntu 15.04 and I've changed default boot to "text" instead of "quiet splash" by going through answer by @Bruno Pereira How do I disable X at boot time so that the system boots in text mode?.However again I've changed default boot to quiet splash and update-grub but as Ubuntu 15.04 uses systemd my system does not boot to graphical login and stuck at Ubuntu Logo screen.I've to go to the tty1 terminal by CTRL+ALT+F1 and manullay starts Lightdm services as sudo service lightdm start on every login.

How should I change my boot to Graphical login i.e "quiet splash"? content of sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet splash"

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"
  • have you tried update-grub2 ? I think it should back to default conf when you update it, no need to define lightdm on startup, also check your ubuntu-session.
    – sugab
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 10:18
  • Post the output of sudo systemctl get-default
    – A.B.
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 15:07
  • And run sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target
    – A.B.
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 15:17

2 Answers 2


First run this command for a graphical environment

sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target

Because you have used sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target before.

Then repair the entries in /etc/default/grub

This statement is completely wrong:

GRUB_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

Open the configuration:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and replace the entry

GRUB_DEFAULT="quiet splash"



add the entry

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet splash"

After that run

sudo update-grub


    The default menu entry. This may be a number, in which case it identifies the Nth entry in the generated menu counted from zero, or the title of a menu entry, or the special string ‘saved’. Using the title may be useful if you want to set a menu entry as the default even though there may be a variable number of entries before it.


    Command-line arguments to add to menu entries for the Linux kernel.


    Unless ‘GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY’ is set to ‘true’, two menu entries will be generated for each Linux kernel: one default entry and one entry for recovery mode. This option lists command-line arguments to add only to the default menu entry, after those listed in ‘GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX’.


  • It is not working Commented May 17, 2015 at 12:20
  • without quiet splash it is booting in to command-line Commented May 17, 2015 at 12:21
  • Therefore GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
    – A.B.
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 12:53
  • That seems to be an other problem.
    – A.B.
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 12:54
  • Try a sudo apt-get install --reinstall
    – A.B.
    Commented May 17, 2015 at 13:09

It depends on why it doesn't start as a default option. I accidentally purge systemd, so when I reinstall and boot I just have the TTY prompt.

First, you haver to start the service so you can do it graphical:

sudo start lightdm

Once you are in gui mode type in the terminal to reconfigure lightdm:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target

Now we need to update the grub so lightdm start a default service


To boot under systemd by default, edit /etc/default/grub and change the following line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash init=/lib/systemd/systemd"

After modifying any grub related configuration files like /etc/default/grub the following command is needed to bring the changes into effect.


You can see all the instructions in the official ubuntu wiki here, systemd is a services administrator so you will find quite functional

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