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Ansible Role: LightDM

Build Status Ansible Galaxy License

Role to allow configuration of LightDM, currently limited to configuring the auto-login preferences and whether to allow users to login using the guest account.


  • LightDM installed

  • Ansible >= 2.6

  • Linux Distribution

    • Debian Family

      • Ubuntu

        • Trusty (14.04)
        • Xenial (16.04)
        • Bionic (16.04)
      • Note: other versions are likely to work but have not been tested.

Role Variables

The following variables will change the behavior of this role (default values are shown below):

# Username of user to auto-login on startup

# Time to wait (in seconds) before the user is auto logged in to allow a chance
# to log in as a different user.
lightdm_autologin_user_timeout: 0

# Whether to allow users to login using the guest account
lightdm_greeter_allow_guest: no

# Directory where GLib schemas are located
lightdm_glib_schemas_directory: /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas

# Directory where LightDM config is located
lightdm_conf_directory: /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d

# Name of override file for LightDM config
lightdm_overide_filename: 70-ansible.conf



Example Playbook

This role can be used as follows:

- hosts: servers
    - role: gantsign.lightdm
      lightdm_autologin_user: vagrant

More Roles From GantSign

You can find more roles from GantSign on Ansible Galaxy.

Development & Testing

This project uses Molecule to aid in the development and testing; the role is unit tested using Testinfra and pytest.

To develop or test you'll need to have installed the following:

Because the above can be tricky to install, this project includes Molecule Wrapper. Molecule Wrapper is a shell script that installs Molecule and it's dependencies (apart from Linux) and then executes Molecule with the command you pass it.

To test this role using Molecule Wrapper run the following command from the project root:

./moleculew test

Note: some of the dependencies need sudo permission to install.



Author Information

John Freeman

GantSign Ltd. Company No. 06109112 (registered in England)

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