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I was looking for a way to switch to gdm3 from lightdm, when I found this answer. So I tried to apply it, and entered sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3, then a selection screen appeared with 2 options: gdm3 and lightdm. It was the same screen that appeared during the installation of GNOME (using sudo apt install ubuntu-gnome-desktop && gnome-shell). I choose gdm3 then pressed Enter, then I got this error:

gdm.service is not active, cannot reload.
invoke-rc.d: initscript gdm3, action "reload" failed.

Any ideas?

UPDATE

It turns out that it just required a reboot to work. But I still want to know the meaning of that error I got. Does anyone have any explanation?

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Just reboot and you should be running gdm3.

The error that you're receiving just means that gdm3 wasn't already running, so it couldn't reload it.

  • do you know what that error means though? – Tooniis Jul 24 '17 at 20:04
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    It just means that gdm3 wasn't already running, so it couldn't reload it. Kind of a bogus error. – heynnema Jul 24 '17 at 20:05
  • this didn't work for me – trust_words Dec 29 '18 at 19:16
  • @trust_words please start a new question and we'll try and help you. – heynnema Dec 29 '18 at 20:46

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