Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

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Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Executioner » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:30 pm

When I turn on the laptop, Mint 18.2 is asking for a password. Prior to upgrading from 18.1, it would go right to the desktop. I still want to retain my sudo password for everything else. I can't find anything in administrative settings for this for an auto login. I just want the to avoid the prompt when the laptop is turned on.

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby pbear » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:33 am

Unless you changed it later, the upgrade should have left you with MDM as your login manager (rather than LightDM).
You'll find the setting you seek at Menu: Administration: Users & Groups.
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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby hcentaur13 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:18 am

The login in startup is needed for security. The password on sudo is required to allow to be root and allow root to login.

in menue -> Login window you can change to "automatic logon". That will login you magically. But it will login to your account anybody who is power on your computer!

The login is the first step of security! Automatic login is needs an secure enviroment with novody es has access to your computer anyway.

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby pbear » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:37 am

Not really, The login password is speed-bump security, mainly useful for keeping out prying roommates. A hacker with physical access to the machine can circumvent it quite easily. Meanwhile, auto login is a supported feature, included even as an installation option. It's fine to explain why you prefer not to use, but the OP may draw his/her own conclusions based on his/her circumstances and preferences as regards the inevitable tension between security and ease of use.
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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby gamerperson » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:48 am

If you open the menu and go to "Users and Groups," then next to "Password: Asked on login" click on "Change..." then you can make it not ask on login.
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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby bob466 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:33 pm

What's wrong with asking for a password...it's for your protection...can't understand why people don't see that. :x :roll:

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Mick-Cork » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Not everyone wants, or needs, an LM Login Prompt. Eg, I have a far more secure power up Dell Security password. Equally, if I was using a machine just to listen to music, watch a few films, or do a bit of browsing - again I might choose not to have an LM password in this scenario either.

Surely it's a personal choice based on individual requirements?

OP - do you have MDM or LightDM running. You said you upgraded, maybe you meant a fresh install? If LightDM (18.2 default unless you updated via the Update Manager), the answer to the auto-login question can be found here: https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=248907
(3rd post down, by Pjotr)
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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby rene » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:40 pm

bob466 wrote:What's wrong with asking for a password...it's for your protection...can't understand why people don't see that. :x :roll:

Quite agree. In the same manner I will NEVER stop walking around in diapers either. I mean, really. :x :roll:

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Mick-Cork » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:48 pm

And following up from previous response, if you have MDM I'd suggest switching to LightDM anyway, especially with autologin where there's no visible difference. The reason I say this - when I switched to LightDM it shaved 4 seconds off boot up, and 3 off shutdown. It seems far more efficient.

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Executioner » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:07 am

Yeah stupid me - when I upgraded I went with LightDM since it was suggested, and I forgot to mention it. So is it possible to turn that off with LightDM?

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby pbear » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:33 am

I've not had to do it (I kept MDM), but there have been a few threads on this, of which I happen to have bookmarked this one. Hope that helps.
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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Executioner » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:20 pm

Thanks for the link. I followed the instructions: gksudo xed /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

but my file is completely blank - nothing in it to edit.

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Re: Is it possible to disable the login prompt in Mint 18.2?

Postby Mick-Cork » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:26 pm

hi Executioner,

The total content of my lightdm.conf file here is:

[Seat:*]
allow-guest=false
autologin-user=mick
autologin-user-timeout=0

Change the username to your own, save the file, and let us know how you get on.


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