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May I ask what distribution is in use here? Mandrake, for instance, has a tool to set autologin during the install, but you can also set it from the same tool in the Mandrake Control Center after install is complete. I wouldn't be surprised if RedHat and SuSE had similar tools.
KDE may also have a tool that allows you to set an autologin, but I'm not a KDE user.
Anyway, the distribution might make a difference, so which are you using?