I've uninstall the GUI, and I also want to disable automatic login at the command line. I've read that you should use the raspi-config utility to do this. I select the first option and reboot, and it has no effect.

How does one "do this manually"?


Autologin is performed as part of systemd's getty target:

root@raspberrypi:/etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants# ls -l
total 0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 38 Sep 24 18:14 getty@tty1.service -> /etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service

The raspi-config simply manipulates this symlink. To switch to manual login, execute (as root):

ln -fs /lib/systemd/system/getty@.service \

To switch back to automatic login, do:

ln -fs /etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service \

I wanted a system with no console prompt on tty1, so I removed this symlink altogether.

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    If you have removed the default user "pi", you must also update "/etc/systemd/system/autologin@.service". Update the username in the line ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin USERNAME --noclear %I $TERM. – skibulk Feb 1 '16 at 13:59

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