Lightdm failed to load after updating

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Posted on September 29, 2014

System Debian Sid ( VSIDO )

Kernel : 3.14.15-2

Architecture : i686 GNU/Linux

After updating Systemd and lightdm. I rebooted the system and was presented with a login prompt. Very strange since I was expecting lightdm to load and start FluxBox. To get around this we had to remove lightdm and reinstall it.

apt-get purge lightdm

apt-get install lightdm

This presented a new issue. I now have the GUI login screen but only the root issue can login in. Lightdm  logs show

lightdm[566]: ** (lightdm:566): WARNING **: Could not create user data directory /var/lib/lightdm-data/mas: Error creating directory: No such file or directory

this may not be related to the login issue but it seem to occur evreytime i attempt to log in with a normal user. I am following bug  in hopes it may lead to a solution to my problem.

As a work around, I installed xinit so i can use startx thanks to the guys over at Vsido forums \ . Startx works perfectly besides the fact that my Fluxbox customizations are now null and void. Along with my virtualbox clipboard stop working.

This is when backups come in handy. I restored a good working backup of my Fluxbox configs and bam everything is working except my clipboard( copy n Paste) . I had to manually start VBoxClient-all to gain access to my host clipboard.

mas       3473     1  0 01:56 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/VBoxClient –clipboard
mas       3482     1  0 01:56 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/VBoxClient –display
mas       3487     1  0 01:56 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/VBoxClient –seamless
mas       3491     1  0 01:56 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/VBoxClient –draganddrop

In the end I may stay with xinit and configure my system to run VBoxclient at startup. But maybe this information will help someone out there.


Vastone and Packrat at Vsido came up with some additional configs you may want to use to get startx working properlly