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I was able to to do it on 17.04, but i guess the display manager has changed

I know it is not recommended. But it eases a lot of things for me.

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  • This should work: askubuntu.com/a/369013, just remember Ubuntu 17.10 uses gdm3.
    – pomsky
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 22:23
  • I knew you would be the first to comment lol @pomsky . But no it didn't work... but thanks for pointing it out that it used gdm3
    – Sam Thomas
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 22:59

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This link points it out for Debian, but instead of daemon.conf just edit custom.conf. Everything else is the same.

In a nutshell, first run

sudo vim /etc/gdm3/custom.conf

Under [security] type AllowRoot=true so that it looks like

[security]
AllowRoot=true

Save and exit. Then run

sudo vim /etc/pam.d/gdm-password

Within this file you have comment out the line containing

auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success

so that it looks like this

#auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet_success

Save the file and exit and reboot.

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  • This answer worked for me.
    – Michael
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 4:35
  • @Michael Upvote it then :)
    – Sam Thomas
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 20:24
  • Too late, already did :) it seems some poor soul voted you down for some reason. Thanks for the answer anyways!
    – Michael
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 22:53
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    Also a) in /root/.profile, change "mesg n || true" to "tty -s && mesg n || true". b) pam restriction above is in /etc/pam.d/gdm-autologin and gdm-fingerprint if using autologin or fingerprint scanner. This is with 18.04.
    – Aelian
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 8:18
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    Thank you so much. Finally it works for me after searching for all links over google
    – Deca
    Commented Mar 20, 2019 at 9:14

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