Questions tagged [lightdm]

LightDM (Lightweight Display Manager) is a Display Manager for the X.org X server. It is the default X display manager of Ubuntu. LightDM starts an X session and presents the user with a graphical login screen, so the user does not have to issue commands such as `startx` to start the X server

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Ubuntu gets stuck in a login loop

My Ubuntu is stuck in a login loop when trying to enter my desktop. When I login, the screen gets black and soon after that the login screen comes back. I've read that the problem might be caused by ...
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How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error?

Note: This is an attempt to create a canonical question that covers all instances of "low-graphics mode" error that occurs to a user, including but not limited to installation of wrong ...
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How can I make xrandr customization permanent?

I used to edit the startup script for the GDM (/etc/gdm/Init/Default) to permanently change my display resolution. How can I do this with LigthDM in Ubuntu Oneiric?
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How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins?

When autologon is active, lightdm will start the Unity 3D session, not the 2D (or any other shell that I want to auto-login to). Is there a way to start the shell I want automatically (autologon)? ...
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How do I disable the guest session?

How do I disable the guest session in Ubuntu 11.10 or higher? I don't want people to be able to use my computer without using a password to log in!
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How do I enable auto-login in LightDM?

I want user foo to auto-login using LightDM (which has been used by Ubuntu since version 11.10). How would I do that?
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How do I hide a particular user from the login screen?

How do I hide a particular user from the login screen on a default install of 11.10 and higher? (ie. using Unity Greeter)?
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How do I switch from LightDM to GDM?

How do I switch from the default display manager (Lightdm) to the older display manager (GDM)?
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How to change the LightDM theme/greeter?

I downloaded a couple greeters for LightDM, but I have not figured out how to enable them. Is there a way to switch greeter, either by graphical or command-line method?. I do not intend to change ...
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ubuntu 14.04 login loop problem

My Ubuntu 14.04 is stuck when trying to login my desktop. The screen goes black and soon after that the login screen comes back. I followed all steps in Ubuntu gets stuck in a login loop but the ...
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Wrong Login Screen Resolution

On the odd occasion, usually after incorrectly restarting my computer, my login screen resolution is not the default 1440x900, but I think 1600x900. Now, I have this monitor that's really bad at ...
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Ubuntu 16 Stuck in Login Loop after Installing Nvidia 364 Drivers

This didn't start out as a problem with the login loop. I was attempting a clean install of Ubuntu 16 and using the new feature that allows it to detect proprietary drivers for me. I started off ...
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Remote login with graphical display manager (GDM, LightDM)

Is it possible to remotely (via ssh) make a login to GDM? I'll explain a situation in which I'd need this: I'm on my laptop and connect to my desktop via ssh. I realize there are some updates ...
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How to remove session entries from LightDM?

I recently added Cairo Dock to my GNOME Shell in 11.10. Cairo Dock is GREAT, but I'm left with one little problem that I'd like to fix: after installing Cairo Dock, LightDM includes two extraneous ...
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Cannot login to my user account

I upgraded my ubuntu from 11.04 to 11.10 via mounting the latest alternate CD image released on Oct. 13 as the final standard version and running the cdromupgrade prompt successfully, with full latest ...
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How do I add customized wallpapers so they appear in the dynamic unity greeter?

As the title above suggests I want to add some custom wallpapers (png images I have created myself) to the user/share/backgrounds folder in 12.04. I have completed this task. Issue : They do NOT ...
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Guest session stopped working on Ubuntu versions later than 16.04

After a recent package update, the guest session feature is no longer available on Ubuntu 16.10 and 17.04. What happened?
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How do I disable the drum beat sound on the login screen?

I would have expected System ▸ Administration ▸ Login Screen ▸ Play login sound to control this, but unchecking it does not prevent the drum beat sound from playing.
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How does one exit the X server?

The command sudo service gdm stop would successfully disable the X server in Ubuntu 11.04 temporarily. However, this same command no longer works in Ubuntu 11.10, because "gdm" is an "unrecognized ...
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How to change from GDM to LightDM?

I've upgraded to 12.04. My upgrade didn't go as expected; X crashed at the middle of the upgrade. I had to install many packages manually. This left me with a GDM login screen. How do I change from ...
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How to disable automatic login in LightDM?

I was playing around with "User accounts" and somehow set automatic login. Now, when I start my PC, it just has one button named as "login". Clicking that button, directly logs me in to my PC. There ...
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How can I make LightDM the default display manager?

I have LightDM installed and can start it with sudo start lightdm. But at boot, GDM is still the default. How can change this so LightDM is loaded automatically at boot instead of GDM?
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Personalize monitor position before login

I'm using multiple monitors. When logged in everything is fine: The left monitor is positioned to the left and the right monitor is positioned to the right, but before I log in, the login-screen ...
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How to configure lightdm to allow manual logins in Ubuntu 14.04

I used to modify /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf, adding the line greeter-show-manual-login=true, in order to allow login for hidden users and root. Now I've just installed the new Ubuntu 14.04 and the ...
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What happens under the covers to log me in and start up Unity or another Graphical User Interface?

When there's trouble, it might be good to understand what happens under the covers to sign a user into a GUI session and get a Unity (or other window manager) to bring up a desktop.
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Lightdm not starting on boot

I installed gdm for a while as my display manager, and after removing it, lightdm does not start by itself. I instead have to login to a tty, and run sudo start lightdm. Running dpkg-reconfigure ...
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How to make the lock screen look like the login screen?

Is there any way to make the login screen from a locked session (either by using Ctrl+Alt+L or from a screen timeout) look like the login screen when you're starting a new session? I hate that ...
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How to force Multiple Monitors correct resolutions for LightDM?

I am affected by the BUG: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity-greeter/+bug/874241 Otherwise, if like me you have a laptop connected to a second monitor of higher resolution, LIGHTDM at the ...
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After logging in, there's a black screen and my cursor, nothing else! in Ubuntu 12.10

I've been using Ubuntu(12.10) for a long time, and recently, my Ubuntu went through yet another update. The whole update prompt showed up, following by a password prompt, and finally the good ol' ...
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Appearance does not change on switching the theme

If I select Radiance or Ambiance in the menu show in the following picture, my whole theme does not change. It only changes the title bar. How can I resolve this problem? Or how can I reset the theme ...
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What's the difference between GDM and LightDM?

What is the difference between GDM and LightDM? How can one switch between them. I mean if I have selected LightDM during installation process, will I be able switch to GDM?
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Can't get nVidia drivers working with 16.04, logs out right after login

I have installed Ubuntu 16.04 beta 2 on Monday, Apr 18th. When I try to install nvidia-current, nvidia-361 or the version that jockey installs, either lightdm fails to start entirely or I can't get ...
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How to make ubuntu 14.04 a kiosk [duplicate]

I have made a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop and now want's to convert it into a kiosk with a full screen webbrowser. This was previously done in 10.04 and worked perfect, but due to ...
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Laptop using 14.04 won't get past login GUI

My laptop was working perfectly yesterday, and now today I can't log in. At first, I was only getting a black screen. However, after following instructions in some questions here on AskUbuntu, I ...
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Change the background of the login screen

I installed Ubuntu Studio 15.10 and upon that: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Now on the login screen, I have the default brownish Ubuntu default background. I tried this as root: sudo xhost +...
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How can I run a local command (to run a script) on (just before) log out of a Unity session?

At the risk of posting a duplicate question: How can I run a local script (as the current user) when I log out? I read (and tried) among others: This one (Marton's version), which did perfectly ...
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Where do I place a logout script for LightDM?

Previously in Karmic, we created a logout script that does some work in the background on backing up a users home directory, this script was put in the /etc/GDM/PostSession directory. I can't figure ...
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rotated monitor. login screen needs rotation

I rotated my screen, and once I login, it works fine. But, the greeter (login) screen hasn't got the message that things are rotated 90 degrees. How can I change the rotation of the login screen? ...
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How do I remove the dots from the login screen?

I can change the background image that Unity Greeter displays, but regardless of the image I choose, it's overlaid with a grid of dots. The dots look OK on the default background, but they look ...
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How can I replace LightDM with MDM?

Linux Mint Cinnamon 1.4 released with "MDM display manager". It is based on the code of GDM2.20. It provides: Graphical configuration tools Themeability Remote, automatic and timed login Event ...
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How to disable login sound? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable the drum beat sound on the login screen? How do I disable the login sound? I have tried all guides on the internet I can find, but they are for previous ...
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How do I change the login manager's keyboard layout?

I have a netbook with an AZERTY layout. I've changed it to "bépo" to try it, but now I've reset it to a french layout. While all the apps have taken the change into account, Ubuntu's login manager ...
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No password asked at login screen just start session button with LightDM

When I first installed Ubuntu I choose NOT to ask me for a password at login. That was ok for that moment cause it didn't ask me any password at login. But now I want to be asked for a login password. ...
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How do I boot into console mode? [duplicate]

In previous versions of Ubuntu I could get the computer to boot into console mode by setting the variable GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to "text" in the file /etc/default/grub and run sudo update-grub. ...
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LightDM & SDDM fight on greeter screen

I had installed Kubuntu 15.04 sometime ago. I upgraded to 15.10, things were going fine till I added ubuntu-desktop to use Unity DE. When booting with systemd, on startup or login, I get black or ...
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Unity greeter background not changing for users automatically after upgrade

I have recently upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04. Normal upgrade, no new installation. In 11.10 I was using Simple LightDM Manager tool to set a custom wallpaper on the login screen. This tool ...
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another login loop problem

Since last week I'm also faced with the endless-loop problem using ubuntu 14.04.3 (installed in dual-boot on HP 840 EliteBook). Upon login the screen turns black and returns to the login interface.I ...
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How can I use LightDM for user-defined sessions?

If I unterstand it correctly, LightDM has replaced GDM per default. I wonder if it's possible to make it run the things I put in my .xinitrc file ... what I need is an option below "Unity" and "Unity ...
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How do I enable the “Other” user for login with Active Directory?

So I work at a university using active directory, and in my office there are a few computers that I've set up, in Ubuntu 11.10, to log as an AD user. In order to log in a person just needs to use ...
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(13.04) lightdm crashing - black screen flashing cursor

I am using the 13.04 x64 release of Ubuntu on my PC and at least it works so far as it should. But suddenly the lightdm crashes during boot and even if I try to start it manually from terminal after ...

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