I have Jessie Light on my rpi 3 and have further installed lightdm, xorg and xinit partly following the instructions of this guide. But after booting, I am directly taken to a terminal window without being asked to login with a password.

Why is it so?

This raspberrypi SE answer explains how to re-establish the secure login, is there any other mean?

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Looking at a version of raspi-config, the auto-login part is enabled by linking one of several systemd service files from /lib/systemd/system/ to /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected]. For auto-login that's [email protected]; for a normal login it's [email protected].

To check which is the case on your system,

stat /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected] 

It will show an arrow pointing to one of the above possibilities. If it is the [email protected] file, you can change it the same way raspi-config does:

sudo ln -fs /lib/systemd/system/[email protected] /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/[email protected]
  • Just tested; impressive (to my eyes) digging into the system.
    – calocedrus
    Jul 12, 2017 at 3:50

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