16.04: Graphical login/desktop vanished?

Josef Wolf jw at raven.inka.de
Mon Jul 25 10:26:25 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 09:29:57AM +1000, Karl Auer wrote:
> On Mon, 2016-07-25 at 01:00 +0200, Josef Wolf wrote:
> > it looks like there is no attempt to start the lightdm service.
> Is lightdm actually the manager you are/were using?

I don't know. It shouold be the manager that is installed by default (Unity?)

I tend not to touch all this desktop-voodoo. =8-O

I have not messed around with that, so it should still be at the default...

> What is lightdm's status?
>    sudo systemctl status lightdm

Umpf! It says lightdm is ACTIVE:

   lightdm.service - LSB: Start lightdm
    Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/lightdm; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
    Active: active (exited) since Mo 2016-07-25 08:11:53 CEST
      Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
   Process: 2937 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/lightdm start (code=exited,

 Jul 25 08:11:53  host systemd[1]: Starting LSB: Start lightdm...
 Jul 25 08:11:53  host systemd[1]: Started LSB: Start lightdm.

> Can you start lightdm manually once booted and logged into a console?
>    sudo systemctl start lightdm

This command runs without any errors, but the graphical login won't appear.

Josef Wolf
jw at raven.inka.de

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