Booting to the command line without X-windows
adolfobello at yahoo.es
Sat Nov 19 15:27:19 UTC 2005
On Wed, 2005-11-16 at 20:57 -0500, golfer wrote:
> On 11/16/05, John W Redelfs <jredelfs at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Because of all the Ubuntu hype, I'm coming back to Linux after several
> > years away from it, and I have forgotten a lot. Can anybody tell me
> > how I should change my setup so that it boots from the boot loader to
> > a console login without X-windows and Gnome? I prefer starting out on
> > the command line, and changing to a GUI only when I want one.
> I set up run level 3 to be gui-less by deleting the /etc/rc3.d/S13gdm
> and S21kdm and creating K01gdm and K01kdm links instead. i.e.:
> :~$ ls -l /etc/rc3.d/K01*
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 2005-10-20 07:42 /etc/rc3.d/K01gdm -> ../init.d/gdm
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 2005-10-20 07:42 /etc/rc3.d/K01kdm -> ../init.d/kdm
> Then when I want to use the console, just 'sudo telinit 3'. To start
> in konsole, I can 'sudo nano /etc/inittab' and change
> "id:2:initdefault:" to "id:3:initdefault:"
> > Alternatively, could someone tell me how to drop from the Gnome
> > desktop to the command line without X-windows. Using sudo in a
> > terminal window from Gnome to install nVidia drivers doesn't work
> > because I need to do it without X-windows running.
> Maybe someone else has a better way.
This is what I did to have run level 3 as console mode and add it to the
update-rc.d -f gdm start 13 2 4 5 . stop 01 0 1 3 6 .
Step 2: Modify /boot/grub/menu.lst by adding a new menu entry:
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.12-9-386 (CONSOLE)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.12-9-386 root=/dev/hda7 ro acpi=on quiet splash 3
Make sure to adjust the root line to your hard drive setup and to run
Now, you can select booting to console mode from the grub menu. You can
even select it as the default boot mode.
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