View Full Version : [SOLVED] 13.10 Minimal + lightdm + xfce4 = Fail

December 14th, 2013, 03:43 PM
As the title says, I've installed 13.10 minimal + lightdm + xfce4, it boots into the lightdm login screen but when I try to log in it just hangs on the purple login screen. I've also replicated the same problem in Virtualbox so I don't think it's a hardware problem. Is there something else I need to install to make it stable?

December 14th, 2013, 04:20 PM
Have a look at the lightdm log files in /var/log/lightdm for some clues as to what is happening. Perhaps there is an error message that would help diagnose.

December 15th, 2013, 01:21 AM
It says:

Started with service 'lightdm', username 'jim'
...Failed during authentication

I'm sure I'm entering the correct password for 'jim', so what's the problem?


December 15th, 2013, 03:38 AM
Try going to the text console (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and logging in as jim there. Does the password work? (This will bypass the lightdm login).

December 15th, 2013, 05:15 AM
Just installed minimal + lightdm + xfce in a vm and ran into the same problem as you. Looks like you also need at lightdm greeter to get the ball rolling:

sudo apt-get install lightdm-gtk-greeter
...got me to the desktop.

December 15th, 2013, 08:21 AM
Brilliant thanks!!