I have selected the setting 'Automatic Login' from within the default Gnome 3 Ubuntu 17.10 control panel app, but it keeps resetting to 'off' after every restart and does not allow me to automatically login.
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Same issue. I've originally changed the "/etc/gdm3/custom.conf" and simply enabled the "AutomaticLoginEnable=True". This was the whole issue: I didn't notice that "True" has to be lowercase.
EDIT: I was wrong. My autologin works because I'm NOT using the gnome-xorg (the default option for ubuntu) but the gnome classic session. I can't manage to get the gnome-xorg session to work properly unless I setup a timedlogin which is a little unpleasant.
EDIT 2: Ok, I finally got enough of this issue, since it's getting ignored. To solve my issue, since I don't care the least about gdm but I still want to use chrome, I've installed lightdm and changed the autologin in the user settings.
In other words:
sudo apt install lightdm
followed by the usual change in the user settings for the autologin.
I just had problems with GDM 3.28.3 auto login with 18.04 minimal and
gnome-core only. GUI froze completely on boot with the error
A start job is running for Hold until boot process finishes up and after long research I accidentally found a solution by disabling the boot splash screen:
# disable splash screen on boot sudo sed -i 's/splash quiet//g' /etc/default/grub sudo update-grub
Note: To enable the splash again:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub and make sure
splash quiet is again within the quotation marks of
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="splash quiet". Apply the new settings with
I hope this saves other people's time. If anyone has an idea why this worked for me please let me know.
For those who are desperate because it continues failing and failing despite using x11 and writing the proper configuration, are you using a docking station?
I figured that under X11, the docking station forces a login: it doesn't load the gdm automatic login settings. Surely a bug.
A workaround is to use the following config instead at
/etc/gdm/custom.conf below the
TimedLoginEnable=true TimedLogin=<your_username> TimedLoginDelay=0
It's not as handy as using Automatic Login but at least it works.
You can indeed keep the
AutomaticLogin configs if that's already there, those will be loaded and used whenever the docking station is not plugged.
It's interesting to notice that Wayland behaves differently: AutomaticLogin does work with Wayland + docking station, but not with X11.
If you choose Wayland, beware that Wayland does not support the "share screen" button in many common video-call softwares.
EDIT: add some precisions following commentary.