Ubuntu – Lightdm not starting on boot


I installed gdm for a while as my display manager, and after removing it, lightdm does not start by itself. I instead have to login to a tty, and run sudo start lightdm.

Running dpkg-reconfigure lightdm does not work either:

dpkg-maintscript-helper: warning: environment variable DPKG_MAINTSCRIPT_NAME missing
dpkg-maintscript-helper: warning: environment variable DPKG_MAINTSCRIPT_PACKAGE missing

I've also tried reinstalling lightdm completely, but it does not work as well

My /var/log/boot.log has the following lines:

* Starting LightDM Display Manager                                                                                                                  
* Starting ACPI daemon                                                                                                                              
* Starting anac(h)ronistic cron                                                                                                                     
* Starting save kernel messages                                                                                                                      
* Stopping LightDM Display Manager         

Best Answer

Run a terminal and enter cat /etc/X11/default-display-manager. Probably says lightdm if you recently uninstalled GDM. /etc/init/lightdm.conf doesn't accept lightdm as a setting - however, /usr/bin/lightdm or /usr/sbin/lightdm work. So open /etc/X11/default-display-manager in your favorite text editor and replace whatever is there with the following line:




Reboot and lightdm should start and bring you to the logon screen as usual.