How to bootup to a command prompt.....EASY!

Fred A. Miller fmiller at
Mon Aug 30 19:07:14 UTC 2010

If you want to bootup to a command prompt, remove the following lines
from your /etc/init/gdm.conf file, and reboot. To get your GUI, run
startx . A nice advantage to using Ubuntu this way is that if you need
to kill ALL windows, files, etc., at get to a command prompt, killing
the desktop as you do now will take you the command prompt
again.....minus "everything." As always, make a copy of your gdm.conf
file as a backup and if something goes wrong (hasn't happened yet) you
can use your Ubuntu boot CD to go to rescue and restore the file.

Hope this helps someone.


start on (filesystem
          and started dbus
          and (graphics-device-added fb0 PRIMARY_DEVICE_FOR_DISPLAY=1
               or drm-device-added card0 PRIMARY_DEVICE_FOR_DISPLAY=1
               or stopped udevtrigger))

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