[xubuntu-users] Login prompt

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Thu Sep 4 19:41:53 UTC 2014

On Thu, 4 Sep 2014 14:09:42 -0400 (EDT)
"George F. Nemeyer" <tigerwolf at tigerden.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 4 Sep 2014, Hartmut Haase wrote:
> > Hi MR,
> > > It must be something else.
> > maybe something from the past. Are you sure you are really using
> > lightdm, and not gdm?
> Most of the LightDM documentation on the web, and even on the official
> Ubuntu site is just flat WRONG.  This is especially true of blogs and
> forums where people have 'guessed' at various fixes to older versions.
> This is because LightDM documentation is not maintained in any timely
> way, and the fact that while the LightDM package has been around for
> at least two major Ubuntu releases, it has gone through multiple
> revisions which reclocated the various configuration files and/or
> changed the format and syntax.
> The most recent change 'to get ready for Wayland' moved the files
> AGAIN, so you can't really trust *anything* currently published.
> If you have 'upgraded' from older distros or revisions, you will have
> multiple stale LightDM files scattered throughtout the filesystem,
> and a maze of symlinks pointing to them.  It's a complete mess.
> This package is an abomination, not ready for prime time, and has no
> business in a production system or any machine other than a
> development one.

And, if you want to simply use startx to run X, I'm pretty sure you
could just name lightdm to lightdm.dontwant, and you'll log in via the
CLI, from which you can use startx.


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