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Arch Linux Stuck at Login

How to fix a problem where you get stuck at the login screen in Arch linux after first installing your desktop environment.

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Edited: 2019-12-05 11:59

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I recently tried to install KDE Plasma in Arch Linux in a VirtualBox, only to get stuck after installing SDDM display manager. I forgot to create a new user. Sigh.

No problem, we can just switch to a Virtual Console by pressing:

CTRL + ALT + F2

Or, if you are in a Virtual Machine, press the right control (RCTRL) key:

RCTRL + F2

Remember, you can press RCTRL + F1 to return to the GUI.

Stuck at login screen

The problem likely occurs because we forget to add a user before logging in the first time.

1. In order to fix this, simply add a user by typing the following:

useradd -m MyName

2. Remember to also add the user to the sudoers file, located in /etc/sudoers:

sudo visudo

When the file is opened, add the user you just created:

MyUser    ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Done. You can not reboot, and the problem is solved.

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