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change autologin user

Postby changedsoul on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:13 pm

Im comming from openSuse, and I saved my home directory. When I installed Mint 14, I setup the partitions, formatted /, but left my /home intact. I entered my same username, but when came to boot, I had many errors. I have no idea what they meant. Not know what to do, I reinstalled Mint again, this time picking a different user. This booted me into my desktop just fine. I then created a new user with the same name as I had in openSuse, so it would use the same home directory from that install. This also worked great, my email, chrome tabs, etc are all there after I relogged into this new user.

My Problem is now I am always booting into the user I created during install. I want to purge this user and just use my original one I had from openSuse.
How can I change the default user account that auto logs in at bootup?

Thanks.
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Re: change autologin user

Postby xenopeek on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:49 pm

Menu -> Preferences -> Login Window. On one of the tabs you can configure which user can log in automatically. Also, please make sure two things:
1. For the new user you created to match the one from OpenSUSE, check that this user has the same group memberships as your Linux Mint user with the different name. You want to avoid getting stuck with a user that doesn't have sudo permissions :|
2. Also, it may be that on OpenSUS the UIDs and GIDs for normal users start at a different base than Linux Mint. So double-check that all the files of the original OpenSUSE user are now owned by you.

As you are coming from OpenSUSE, I'm assuming you don't need me to type out any of the commands. But please share if you need more help with this :)
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Re: change autologin user

Postby changedsoul on Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:34 pm

Thanks for that quick reply. That did the trick. I should have spent more time digging through the menus. Its going to take getting used to a change in distros. Thanks also on the sudo tip, the user I created was not part of the sudo group, and at first I was unable to open the Login Window. I added myself to sudo group, and all was well. Thanks.

Update, the location was not in Preferances though, it was : Menu > Administration > Login Window.

Thanks a bunch :mrgreen:
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