[SOLVED] who is logged in? (Debian wheezy, current)
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tty is the regular text login prompts (Ctrl+Alt+F1 through Ctrl+ALT+F6)..
When you open X you automatically get bumped to the X session on Ctrl+ALT+F7, and then when you open a terminal from inside of an X session, it's pts. If you use Ctrl+ALT+F1, you can go back to your tty.
Distribution: Debian Testing, Stable, Sid and Manjaro, Mageia 3, LMDE
A user prompt is the $.
A root prompt is the #.
If you log in on the root prompt you are logged in as root.
If you have set up a background other than the default on your install in user land and log in as root you will see the default background as it has not been changed for user root.
I doubt this is the case but it would explain how you are getting logged in that way.
If you are just missing a log in manager you could boot to recovery and that should take you to an option of giving your root password so you can do what ever maintainance you need to do. That would include things like;
apt-get install gdm3
Gdm3 is a display manager but if you just want a login manager "slim" could be put in place of gdm3.
I am not a big fan of Slim (Simple Log In Manager). Have had some problems with it on some installs and none on others. Am getting to the point I think it is simple to the point of being silly. It does however log me in at the proper level.
Slim certainly pulls in fewer depends.
Assuming you are using gnome the depends will not be that much with gdm either as most will be there. I use Xfce so it is a little different.
Xdm is alright too and certainly lighter than gdm3.
If you are simply having a problem with gdm3 you could log into recovery and run;
widget: please refer my posts #1 and #3. With me, I have been able to start X (or motif) with user permission on many systems, (Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX..), so my system set up looks different from yours.
I checked history of system upgrade.
One wheezy penguin, (who can find user on ttyX), last update dist-upgrade was on Feb 16 2012.
Today, I did update dist-upgrade, then BINGO.. (probably NON bingo), who cannot find users on ttyX. I did not touch kernel.
So, problem is not kernel related. Neither coreutil nor libacl was upgraded. One suspicious package is consolekit, which was upgraded from 0.4.5-1 to 0.4.5-3.