Crunchbang Linux: Configuring automatic logins

Tux, the Linux mascotIf you read my previous post about building a headless Crunchbang Linux machine, you’ll understand that one of the next steps for us is to have the machine log in automatically.

Without an automatic login, the Vino server won’t have the chance to start and therefore you won’t be able to control the machine remotely. The good news is that configuring automatic logins in Crunchbang is remarkably easy.

Step by step: Configuring automatic logins

  1. Right-click anywhere on your Crunchbang desktop and browse to the System menu. Click on GDM Login Set-up. You’ll be prompted for your administration password to make these changes.
  2. Now, when the Login Window Preferences window appears, click on the Security tab and select Enable automatic login. You need to use the drop-down box to select the user account to log in when the computer starts.
  3. Save your settings and reboot the computer. It should log in automatically first time.

And that’s it. In our next tutorial, we’ll be looking at making applications start automatically when the Crunchbang computer starts up.

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