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{{Article summary heading|Related}}
 
{{Article summary heading|Related}}
 
{{Article summary wiki|Display Manager}}
 
{{Article summary wiki|Display Manager}}
{{Article summary wiki|Start X at Boot}}
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{{Article summary wiki|Silent boot}}
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{{Article summary wiki|Start X at Login}}
 
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{{Article summary end}}
  
This article describes how to automatically log in to a ''virtual console'' at the end of the [[boot process]]. This article only covers console log-ins; methods for starting an [[Xorg|X server]] are described in [[Start X at Boot]].
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This article describes how to automatically log in to a ''virtual console'' at the end of the [[boot process]]. This article only covers console log-ins; methods for starting an [[Xorg|X server]] are described in [[Start X at Login]].
  
__TOC__
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== Service ==
== With default init ==
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Create a new service file similar to {{ic|getty@.service}} by copying it to {{ic|/etc/systemd/system/}}:
  
=== Using agetty ===
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# cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/getty@.service /etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service
This is the preferred (i.e. clean) method. Edit {{ic|/etc/inittab}} like this:
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{{hc|/etc/inittab|
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c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -a ''USERNAME'' -8 -s 38400 tty1 linux
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c2:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty2 linux
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c3:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty3 linux
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c4:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty4 linux
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c5:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty5 linux
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c6:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty6 linux
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}}
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to automatically log in {{ic|''USERNAME''}} to the first console (tty1).
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If you want your username to be used automatically without skipping the password prompt:
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{{Note|{{ic|/etc/systemd/system/}} takes precedence over {{ic|/usr/lib/systemd/system/}}.}}
  
c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -a ''USERNAME'' -o "-- \u" -8 -s 38400 tty1 linux
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Then change the {{ic|ExecStart}} line to include the {{ic|-a ''USERNAME''}} parameter:
  
=== Using mingetty ===
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{{hc|/etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service|
{{Note|Although a {{pkg|mingetty}} derivative, {{AUR|fgetty}} does not support the {{ic|--autologin}} parameter.}}
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2=[Service]
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''[...]''
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ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --noclear -a ''USERNAME'' %I 38400
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''[...]''
  
Alternatively, you can install the {{pkg|mingetty}} package from the [[Official Repositories|official repositories]]. Mingetty is designed to be a minimal [[getty]] and allows automatic log-ins:
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[Install]
{{hc|/etc/inittab|
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WantedBy=getty.target
c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --autologin ''USERNAME'' tty1 linux
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c2:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty2 linux
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c3:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty3 linux
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c4:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty4 linux
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c5:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty5 linux
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c6:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty6 linux
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}}
 
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Using the above methods, you will get a re-login loop when trying to log out. If you wish to only login at boot, use the following:
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{{Tip|It is possible to change {{ic|1=Type=idle}} to {{ic|1=Type=simple}} and avoid delaying the execution of agetty until all jobs (state change requests to units) are completed. This option is more useful when [[Start X at Login|starting X automatically]]. See {{ic|man systemd.service}} for more info. {{Note|{{ic|1=Type=simple}} can cause systemd boot-up messages to pollute the login prompt.}}}}
{{hc|/etc/inittab|
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{{Note|If you're using mingetty, simply replace /sbin/agetty to /sbin/mingetty}}
c2:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty2 linux
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c3:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty3 linux
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c4:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty4 linux
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c5:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty5 linux
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c6:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty6 linux
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a1:2345:wait:/sbin/mingetty --autologin ''USERNAME'' tty1 linux
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c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty1 linux
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}}
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=== Using a C login program ===
 
  
As an alternative, a C login program can be written:
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Finally, you need to disable the old {{ic|getty@tty''X''.service}} for the specified tty and enable the new {{ic|autologin@tty''X''.service}}. For example,
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# systemctl daemon-reload
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# systemctl disable getty@''tty1''
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# systemctl enable autologin@''tty1''
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# systemctl start autologin@''tty1''
  
{{hc|autologin.c|
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{{Warning|If you are currently in an X session on the same tty configured in the service file, starting {{ic|autologin@tty''X''.service}} will kill your X server.}}
#include <unistd.h>
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int main(void) {
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To avoid errors related to display-manager.service in dmesg, you should set the default target to multi-user instead of graphical:
  execlp("login", "login", "-f", "''USERNAME''", NULL);
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# systemctl enable multi-user.target
}
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}}
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Here, the C function {{Ic|execlp}} executes the command {{Ic|login -f ''USERNAME''}}.
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===Killing X===
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{{accuracy}}
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To kill X and prevent it from immediately reloading, stop the service.
  
The program must be compiled and copied to an appropriate location:
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# systemctl stop autologin@tty1.service
  
$ gcc -o autologin autologin.c
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===See also===
# cp autologin /usr/local/sbin/
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* [[Systemd#Change_default_target_to_boot_into|Change default runlevel/target to boot into]].
 
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Finally, tell {{ic|/etc/inittab}} to use it:
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{{hc|/etc/inittab|
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c1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -n -l /usr/local/sbin/autologin -s 38400 tty1 linux
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c2:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty2 linux
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c3:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty3 linux
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c4:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty4 linux
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c5:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty5 linux
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c6:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 38400 tty6 linux
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}}
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== With systemd ==
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{{Merge|Systemd|This section should be merged with [[Systemd]] and replaced with a link there.}}
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Create a new service file similar to {{ic|getty@.service}} by copying it to {{ic|/etc/systemd/system/}}:
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# cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/getty@.service /etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service
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{{Note|{{ic|/etc/systemd/system/}} takes precedence over {{ic|/usr/lib/systemd/system/}}.}}
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Once created you can link to the new {{ic|autologin@.service}} your chosen tty, e.g. {{ic|tty1}}, {{ic|tty2}}, [...] {{ic|tty8}}, etc, by specifying it as an alias in the {{ic|[Install]}} section of the unit file. Also, change the value of {{ic|ExecStart}} in {{ic|autologin@.service}}, to end up with something like this:
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{{hc|/etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service|
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2=[Service]
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[...]
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ExecStart&#61;-/sbin/agetty --noclear -a ''USERNAME'' %I 38400
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Type=idle
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[...]
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[Install]
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Alias=getty.target.wants/getty@tty1.service
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}}
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{{Tip|It is possible to change {{ic|1=Type=idle}} to {{ic|1=Type=simple}} and avoid delaying the execution of agetty until all jobs (state change requests to units) are completed. This option is more useful when [[Start X at Boot|starting X automatically]]. See {{ic|man systemd.service}} for more info. {{Note|{{ic|1=Type=simple}} can cause systemd bootup messages to pollute the login prompt.}}}}
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For security reasons you may also want to change {{ic|1=Restart=always}} to {{ic|1=Restart=no}}.
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Finally you should reload the daemons and enable and start the service:
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# systemctl daemon-reload
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# systemctl enable autologin@tty1.service
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# systemctl start autologin@tty1.service
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Revision as of 21:47, 20 December 2012

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Describes how to automatically log in to a virtual console.
Related
Display Manager
Silent boot
Start X at Login

This article describes how to automatically log in to a virtual console at the end of the boot process. This article only covers console log-ins; methods for starting an X server are described in Start X at Login.

Service

Create a new service file similar to getty@.service by copying it to /etc/systemd/system/:

# cp /usr/lib/systemd/system/getty@.service /etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service
Note: /etc/systemd/system/ takes precedence over /usr/lib/systemd/system/.

Then change the ExecStart line to include the -a USERNAME parameter:

/etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service
[Service]
[...]
ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --noclear -a USERNAME %I 38400
[...]

[Install]
WantedBy=getty.target
Tip: It is possible to change Type=idle to Type=simple and avoid delaying the execution of agetty until all jobs (state change requests to units) are completed. This option is more useful when starting X automatically. See man systemd.service for more info.
Note: Type=simple can cause systemd boot-up messages to pollute the login prompt.
Note: If you're using mingetty, simply replace /sbin/agetty to /sbin/mingetty


Finally, you need to disable the old getty@ttyX.service for the specified tty and enable the new autologin@ttyX.service. For example,

# systemctl daemon-reload
# systemctl disable getty@tty1
# systemctl enable autologin@tty1
# systemctl start autologin@tty1
Warning: If you are currently in an X session on the same tty configured in the service file, starting autologin@ttyX.service will kill your X server.

To avoid errors related to display-manager.service in dmesg, you should set the default target to multi-user instead of graphical:

# systemctl enable multi-user.target

Killing X

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To kill X and prevent it from immediately reloading, stop the service.

# systemctl stop autologin@tty1.service

See also