I do debian minimal installation (no desktop on install), then add openbox, lightdm

apt-get install xorg openbox lightdm plymouth plymouth-themes

Also i hide grub menu and boot log messages. For it i do changes in /etc/default/grub

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash loglevel=0"

And (optional) use plymouth for show nice welcome image, but is still see login tty for less then second.

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How to hide it forever?

Next image it is graphic login screen and it is ok for me, i know how to do auto login to hide it (same as described bellow)

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P.S. When i install debian by default with desktop it load without login console, i just add "splash to grub settings".

  • Just to confirm, are you booting into a graphical environment or only a tty? Is this screen flashing before it then moves to a lightdm screen? Or is this the only login screen you need to get rid of?
    – kemotep
    Oct 22, 2019 at 15:25
  • I booting into a graphical environment lightdm. Yes i see flash for tty for less 1 second before graphic login form screen. Oct 22, 2019 at 15:46
  • Can you reinstall lightdm and try the settings in my answer? apt-get --purge remove lightdm then apt-get install lightdm Verify that the lightdm service is enabled and add your user to the autologin group groupadd -r autologin usermod -a user autologin After than make sure that your configurations match what is in my post and comment back if those work or not.
    – kemotep
    Oct 22, 2019 at 16:06
  • I remove/add lightdm, add group, add user in group, made lightdm autologin for my user, but still see flash tty login Oct 23, 2019 at 4:56
  • But i use this command usermod -aG usergroup username Oct 23, 2019 at 5:03

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Now i find small solution here bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=201321 I rename/remove/delete file in folder /etc/systemd/system/getty.target.wants/

Not sure it is correct answer, but it work. Blinking cursor will stay, but it better then before

  • Add "vt.global_cursor_default=0" in /boot/cmdline.txt to get rid of the blinking cursor. (Tried it on RPI4)
    – Omid N
    May 28 at 12:48

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