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HOWTO: Enable console autologin on Ubuntu

This entry explains how you can automatically login to your Ubuntu machine. Warning: the following is a security hazard on network attached and publicly accessible machines.
On throwaway development boxes, on the other hand, you sometimes need to reboot often and want to skip the annoying login. Only use this on inherently private machines: those that are physically secure and disconnected from the internet.

Traditional LinuxOn traditionally configured linux machines, download mingetty from sourceforge, compile and install it and then edit /etc/inittab. For each console, replace lines such as
1:1:respawn:/etc/getty 9600 tty with
1:1:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --autologin USERNAME tty1 To be automatically presented with a logged-in console on boot, also disable your graphical login managers. These are usually active on console 7.

UbuntuUbuntu sometimes deviates from standard practice; the boot process is one example. First, to install mingetty, just runsudo apt-get install mingetty
Ubuntu 9.0…