Debian :: Console Login Displayed Before DM Starts
Aug 4, 2015
New to Linux in the last year, used Debian Wheezy off and on for a time - trying to build a system up from a minimum net-install, just to learn more about it.
I have a niggling little problem - either of understanding or configuration. I started with the min install and installed X using apt-get or aptitude. Then installed JWM, which I would start from the console via startx. I really liked this setup, since it was simple and I knew what was going on. This was all on Wheezy.
After the upgrade to Jessie (via dist-upgrade), I would get messages popping up "on top of" the console login when I booted. Stuff like "b43-loading firmware …" would pop up on screen while I was typing my login/password. This was kind of disconcerting (seemed like something must be misconfigured) but didn't effect functionality at all.
Eventually I decided to try a display manager, since that would (I thought) avoid the whole console login process and thus the weird overlapping messages. I installed LightDM through aptitude and it works great, but the console login is still displayed first (briefly, maybe 3-4 seconds) before the LightDM greeter takes over the screen.
It is there just long enough to confuse the unwary, who start typing their login name only to have the screen replaced by the LightDM login screen and have to start over. Obviously this isn't a big deal (everything works fine), but since the whole point of this project was to understand, I'm very curious if this is normal behavior (videos I've seen of folks installing Debian seem to show boot messages jumping straight to the DM without showing:
Debian GNU/Linux … tty1
or if I've neglected to configure something that would allow boot directly into LightDM or hide the text console while LightDM loads or … something.
I don't what happened but yesterday I was working normally and then I shutdown the computer, today when I opened ubuntu it took me to tyy1 login screen, I entered my username and password then it took me to the normal login screen with the login drums sound and it wrote on my account (logged in) so I clicked it and I entered my password again and then I got to my ubuntu so what went wrong and how to fix it also I noticed that a new terminal in system tools occurred called Kernel (I didn't add it)
I'm using ubuntu 10.10 on Dell inspiron 1520 with Nvidia 8600GT and 3GB RAM
Important: this happened after update to generic-headers-24
I have been using my system for couple of weeks, and normally update software when the icon is displayed on top bar (gnome). Last couple of days there were updates for X, and I am not sure whether that is the cause of my problem. Once bootup, I get the login screen. When enter the password the login screen keep coming back. there is no error about any password issue, or anything. It keeps prompt me to enter the password.
I could login back the following way.
1. ctrl + alt + F1 , and login with the same username/pwd as for X 2.change to root 3.pkill gdm3 4.exit from root to user privilege 5. startx
The system starts X correctly and no login screen is displayed. I could use the system as usual.
The only thing I did custom to my system was upgrading to the latest kernel (2.6.38) using the source. This was to get support for my hardware, but that was about a month ago. I do not see anything in /var/log (X, demesg etc).
I installed 2.6.38 from backports. It boots OK, and among the start-up messages it says it has started kdm, but then it offers only a console login prompt, no GUI. I assumed (perhaps optimistically?) that newer kernels would be backward-compatible, and that any dependencies on other software would be enforced by the package mechanisms. Running amd64, Squeeze, KDE.
I can't find, though, how to change that. In DOSBox, ctrl+alt+f5 starts and stops video capture, but Ubuntu's command took precedence when I did that. I had to hard shut down before doing some searching and finding out ctrl+alt+f7 gets me out of there...that doesn't help me with the problem of taking video on DOSBox though. I went to ystem>Preferences>Keyboard Shortcuts to see if I could change the command or disable it, but it wasn't listed...so I'm stuck. I don't want ctrl+alt+f5 to bring me to a console, so how do I make it not do that?
My computer was working this morning and both hard drives were working fine, then all of a sudden for about two hours I was stuck with this "problem", then after fumbling and moving and stablizing things, then Windows works? See below for details. I've finally reinstalled both hard drives, but the one with the Linux partition doesn't work: it says nothing is discovered on the disk. I can't login at the LUKS login after grub starts, therefore I can't get into Linux, but Windows works?! I used to be able to go directly into Grub when the computer starts, I forgot how to do that but it doesn't matter. If you need details I'd be glad to provide them. I just wondered why Linux doesn't work, but Windows does. I have Linux & Windows on two different separate hard drives
During startup (suse linux old distro) LILO immediately after stratup procedure I can see login for about 1 sec and then Xserver starts. I'm unable to kill it with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace or Ctrl+F1..So the question is: is there any way I can force linux to boot into console mode before it starts xserver? (I'm unable to modify any files since I cannot reach the consol mode)?Is there any shortcut ky I need to press during boot in order to prevent GUI from starting?
I just upgraded from 10.04 to 10.10 this morning and after the upgrade I can't log in via GDM. If I log in it seems to work and the screen goes black, but then it goes right back to the login screen.I can't figure out what is throwing the signal, but the interesting thing is that if I stop GDM and log in on the console, I can run startx and my session runs fine (I'm typing this message from firefox). Any ideas on how to determine what is throwing the signal? I tried poking around in /var/log but I can't find anything that seems relevant.
I made a clean install of 10.10 on an oldish desktop someone gave me. But after the first update, I can not login to the desktop environment.e login screen shows no user accounts, but other than that appears normal (purple background, ubuntu logo in white box mid-screen, and the options to shutdown, etc on the bottom bar). The mouse works, however the pc will not shut down nor restart from the on-screen commands.
I am not able to login to server from console attached to server, every time i enter username & password but it again asks for username & password. But when i try to login to server from remote machine, login happens properly.
I just installed 10.04, and its taking me to the console login, rather than the graphical login. When I tried the live cd, the graphical environment was good. But after installation, I dont get the graphical login , so that I can get into the desktop.
I have a ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 card on ThinkPad T60. Everything was working on 8.10, and I decided to install 10.04 and now it doesnt work.
i upgraded to ubuntu 9.10 from 9.04 today .but after upgrading so many errors crept in . and these are following .. 1. Original login screen of ubuntu 9.10 is not being displayed. 2.By mistake i removed volume control and network connection applet from upper pannel.so can any one tell me how to re organise the pannel...and get back those two applets or can any one tell me how to completely recover the upper pannel.
Iam facing a weird problem with ubuntu since last week... Starting system-->selecting ubuntu from grub menu-->ubuntu splash screen comes and it loads fully-->black screen is displayed instead of login window.. Restarting the system and the prob is gone..able to login properly..
This problem is ocurring randomly..sometimes i can login in 1st attempt properly,other times i have to restart the system twice or even thrice to get to the login screen.. what can be the possible reason to this...I have not done any updates also..
I've been trying to figure this out... What command does the system use to display this at login:
System information as of Fri Oct 1 08:35:54 CDT 2010
System load: 0.28 Usage of /: 10.8% of 17.89GB Memory usage: 51% Swap usage: 3% Processes: 112 Users logged in: 1 IP address for eth0: <ip.address>
It's not uname, free, top, df, uptime, etc... Also doesn't appear to be anything in /proc that I've found. Anyone know what it is? I want to grab its output as part of a script. I could use other commands I suppose, but this system info output is neat and concise.
I'm using Ubuntu 10.04. When I get to the login screen, I am given a choice of the usernames available on the computer.
What I want is a simple username field to fill in, so other users of this computer won't know what user name accounts on the machine. Unfortunately, the only other option I can see is for automatic login - the last thing I want!
In the past, when I logged into Ubuntu the username foield was left blank. How can I achieve the same in 10.04?
I was helping a friend of mine upgrade his system from 9.10 to 10.04. The upgrade went okay and he was able to use Lucid last night.
He has a dual boot with Windows 7, which was broken during the upgrade. I was able to help him fix that, using the instructions at [URL]
So the Grub issue is not the problem. However, after fixing his Grub install, he now cannot log into Ubuntu.
He selects the current kernel from the Grub menu, and the system starts up as expected. The splash screen that generally has the login box on it comes up - but no login box with user names and prompt for password never displays.
He can press CTRL-ALT-F2 and login from a terminal, but has no option to log into GDM.
I've gone through the usual dpkg-reconfigure gdm and had him reboot. Still no luck.
i'm not able to play music at all. videos videos seem to crash my browser and using either rhythmbox or banshee they crash too.i ran rhythmbox by typing sudo rhythmbox and tried to play a file and it displayed a pop-up window saying that my autioaudiosink element is missing and the terminal displayed this:
code: (rhythmbox:8415): rhythmbox-warning **: unable to grab media player keys: could not get owner of name 'org.gnome.settingsdaemon': no such name warning: unhandled message: interface=org.freedesktop.dbus.introspectable, path=/, member=introspect
The title pretty much says it all. Once I get past GRUB, the font becomes HUGE and starts off screen. It appears to be center zoomed because I cannot see the login prompt nor anything I type. It's not really an emergency, I installed OpenSSH during the OS installation and can just turn it on and log in over SSH or start up Webmin. It just bugs me that I cannot figure this out.
There is no graphical environment installed, so it's not a video card issue. I tried adding vga=ask as a kernel flag and then tried several options, but to no avail.
In all previous versions of KDE I had Console8x16 set as KDE font for all cases (Settings->Appearance->Fonts). After tonight upgrade, this (only!) font is not working. I can see it in font manager, I can set it in ...Appearance->Fonts, but actually remains default font. Two of about 30 attempts somehow (can not reproduce) succeeded to set "console 12" font, but it disappeared after restart.
1. What can be the problem in 4.4? 2. In /usr/share/fonts tere are 3 files named console8x16.pcf, console8x8.pcf and console9x15.pcf, but in the font list in Appearance->Fonts I can see only 2 - one named "Console" (seems to be 8x16 and "console" (8x8). File 9x15 does not appear at all. Why?
Last results of attempts: cannot use console font in part of areas, while part works OK. For example: kdevelop editor, kmail message body text works OK. But kmail other parts - does not. The most interesting is that although setting the kmail body message text to console displays the message body text correctly (with console font), but the example message in "Configure kmail" dialogue "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog" is displayed in the default font, as if there is no console font!
just uninstalled and reinstalled the alsa-base linux-sound and alsa-utils packages and reinstalled gdm and ubuntu desktop after uninstalling the packages to try and get sound working again. Now unfortunately GDM is starting but there is no login on the screen. How can I solve this problem without losing all settings/data?
I am using rhel 5.3. I am using windows 2003 server 32-bit (the processor is 64 bit. AMD athlon x2). I have installed vmware and installed rhel5.3 64 bit on top of it. Now i am able to login as root from GUI mode (f7 console), but unable to login in text console from f1 to f6. I checked the /etc/securetty. But there was nothing unusual there. I think udev is causing this problem, since google said so. I cant find where the udev.rules file is located that google searches are taking about. How do i enable root login in f1-6 console.
I've restarted a server a couple times, and during the boot process pings respond when it brings up eth0, but then when i get to the command line login screen, the pings die. once i log in and do a ./network start the pings respond again, so i'm guessing its dying or not set to start automatically maybe? What should I check?
I'm having a problem with my screen in opensuse 11.4.Everything is ok until the login screen. After the login, when kde starts, the screen gets inverted, rotating 180 grades. The system performance is very slow when this happens. I tried to disable the KMS to use the default system driver, what worked. But with this option, I don't have the performance and resolution available with KMS.
I'm running Ubuntu 11.04, using an nVidia graphics card. I have my TV hooked up to my computer and acting as a second monitor, using the Twinview option with the gpu. My monitor is set as the primary display, with the TV as secondary.
The problem I'm having is that when I turn my computer on, the main display is black, and all the load up information is output to the second display. Then, when I get to the log in screen, it is also on the second display.
New clean install of Fedora 12 (my worst Linux experience so far, should have sticked with Fedora 9, it was old but it was stable, unlike this half-backed... whatever it is). Anyway, to the matter at hand (one of the many):How do I switch to the console from the graphical login screen? CTRL+ALT+Fn doesn't work, CTRL+ALT+Backspace doesn't kill X, it's a NIS machine with only root as local account
I'm trying to debug a game with gdb. The game runs in fullscreen and causes a segmentation fault and then gives control back to gdb. However, since the game is in fullscreen, the gdb session can't be viewed. So, at this point I did CTRL-ALT-F6 which blanks the screen and gives me a console to login with. I do this and determine the PID of the game process and kill it. This should remove the x-window the game was using and leave the gdb session on my gnome-terminal. I then exit the console login, which leaves me at a console login prompt.
Now is the problem. How do I return back to my gnome-terminal gdb session, ie, how do I recover from my console login? Via email, somebody informed me that CTRL-ALT-F9 works for him, but it does not for me. In fact, I've tried CTRL-ALT-<every function key> and nothing works for me. The only thing for me to do at this point is to kill the power.
(BTW, the game must be debugged in fullscreen because the problem goes away when not in fullscreen.)