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Autologin: Good or Bad
« on: June 14, 2016, 03:45:58 am »
Hi
I guess this will apply to all users but seemed appropriate to pose the question here.

Apart from the obvious security benefits of someone not being able to walk up to your machine and simply turn it on and use it, why should you NOT use auto login. What benefits, if any, do you get by first going to the login screen ?

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Re: Autologin: Good or Bad
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 10:21:28 am »
Hi zebedeeboss,

One (for me: major) benefit is that I get to the GRUB menu. This is of use for things such as:
  • booting from an older kernel;
  • booting into a "rescue" mode;
  • getting access to the GRUB kernel line in case you wish to not see the splash screen but rather wish to see/monitor the success or failure of things that take place during the boot process (made visible by deleting the silent and splash parameters);
  • or perhaps you need or wish to add optional kernel boot parameters, which can be added to the end of the kernel line that you access from the GRUB menu (by highlighting an entry in the menu and then pressing the e key).
Of course, if you are running a system with more than one OS (e.g. three different Linux distros and -- gasp -- Windoze) you can select which OS to boot into from the GRUB menu as well.

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Re: Autologin: Good or Bad
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 10:27:06 am »
Hi Slim.Fatz
I always get to see the Grub menu (unless I forgot and went to make a cuppa). I meant once you have selected the OS of choice (999/1000 it is Peppermint) going straight to the desktop automatically or waiting for you to enter your password.   That's the scenario I am talking about.
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Re: Autologin: Good or Bad
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 10:44:31 am »
Duh ... uh ... oh.  :-X Boy, was I dumb with that one -- I totally misunderstood what you were asking!  :-[

Oh, well: we can now point to that reply when someone asks why you might wish to see the GRUB menu rather than not having it visible when booting/re-booting  ::) :P

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Re: Autologin: Good or Bad
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 11:11:48 am »
 :D :D   I won't tell you how many post's I have deleted when I realised I was going at it totally the wrong way.

and as you say - useful info to know.

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Re: Autologin: Good or Bad
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 01:06:05 pm »
No reason that I can think of (if it's a single user machine).

Personally I always set up a second "Admin" account and make it an administrator  .. just in case something in my home folder ever makes the main account unbootable, then I can use the "Admin" account to fix the main account. But even then if something in your main account breaks booting, it nearly always drops you at the login screen even when set to auto-login, and in a worst case scenario you'd just drop to a console, login in text mode, then either switch to VT7 with Ctrl+Alt+F7 or run:
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