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    Thumbs up Can't login on Kali Linux after recent update (gdm3)

    Hi there,

    I just made a recent update on all my packages (apt-get update, upgrade, autoremove ...) and it seems that there's a bug with gdm3 :

    After that update, I couldn't start the X Window session manager (here it was gdm3), on boot there was a blank screen and I couldn't log on the ttys.
    I tried installing lightdm / sddm and booting again. Now the session window is opening correctly on boot but I can't login to my root account (it get stuck when I press enter).


    Does anyone has a solution?

    Thanks in advance

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    This is being dealt with on the bug tracker at If you were caught in this, you can work around it with:

    # apt install gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0/kali-rolling
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Selected version '' (kali-rolling [amd64]) for 'gir1.2-gnomedesktop-3.0'
    The following packages will be DOWNGRADED:

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    Thank you very much for your help, downgrading gir gnomedesktop worked perfectly.

    Have a great day

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    After downgrading also i am facing the same problem.
    Please help.

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    [COLOR=var(--black-200) !important][COLOR=var(--black-500) !important]

    Alt+F2 keystroke which started the terminal session for me and I was able to login.the new terminal will open.then you type the username or password that you already fixed .Then you type below command. "[COLOR=var(--black-800)]sudo apt purge gdm gdm3" It works in kali Linux 2020.3.Iam from India.


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