how to boot/run in text console only

Koh Choon Lin 2choonlin at
Fri Sep 30 05:14:10 UTC 2011


> I've attempted to make an ubuntu install an all text console machine
> by removing as much of xorg as seemed to need it.
> Also wondering if anyone knows, if in the circumstance of X-less
> machine it would be safe to remove all pkgs with x11 in there name.
> (I've inlined a list of those remaining pkgs at the end)
> I may do some developement but not for X related software.  I just
> want to make sure that if I remove all those x11 named pkgs, I won't
> suddenly be missing important tools and libraries I might need even in
> X-less machine environment.

Old versions of Ubuntu can be booted into CLI by configuring the
runlevel but new versions of Ubuntu uses upstart.

To disable the GUI of new versions, this should do the trick:

sudo mv /etc/init/gdm.conf ~/gdm.conf

Koh Choon Lin

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