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"?

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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 [email protected] -> /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]

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

ln -fs /lib/systemd/system/[email protected] \
 /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected]

To switch back to automatic login, do:

ln -fs /etc/systemd/system/[email protected] \
 /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected]

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/[email protected]". Update the username in the line ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin USERNAME --noclear %I $TERM.
    – skibulk
    Feb 1, 2016 at 13:59

I solved this by looking at exactly what raspi-config does.

sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target
sudo ln -fs /lib/systemd/system/[email protected] /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected]
sudo rm /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]/autologin.conf

This is B1 Console in raspi-config. For other alternatives go to do_boot_behaviour in raspi-config source file. To find source file, use:

which raspi-config

The autologin process is controlled by [email protected]. And the config file autologin.conf under the folder /etc/systemd/system/[email protected]/ is a drop-in file. You can just change the file name to autologin.conf.bak then the username and password prompt will show up on the next boot.

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