Booting into a Graphical Environment

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I have installed the X Window System recently. However, I cannot see any sign of a graphical desktop environment even after logging into the system. Can someone please help me in resolving this issue? Thanks.

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Booting into a Graphical Environment

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Well, in such a case, you can always try to start the X Window System graphical interface by typing the command startx on the terminal. This, however, is just a temporary solution. It will not change the log in process for any future log in.

For a permanent set up, such that a graphical login screen is permanently available, you must do the following:

  • Set the default target as the graphical systemd boot target. The system will now boot to this

described target, that appears as a symlink to the specific target file.

  • Open a shell prompt and in case you are using a personalised user account, first shift to the

root/admin account using the command “su”.

  • Create a new symlink and add to the graphical target, as default2 using the command:

ln -s /lib/systemd/system/graphical.target/etc/systemd/system/default2.target

  • Overwrite this to the current default.target symlink :

mv /etc/systemd/system/default2.target /etc/systemd/system/default.target

  • On being prompted to confirm whether the file is sure to be overwritten, press y.
  • Reboot your system

Log in afresh and you will be greeted with your graphical login prompt.

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