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post Feb 18 2004, 04:25 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Hello All,

I have just installed Debian Linux, and by default the systems boot into X
server. I want to boot into the command line only. How do I do that?
I have edited the 'inittab' file, and the 'initdefault' line from 2 to 3.
That does not work, the system still boot to the desktop login.
What am I doing wrong?


System Info:
Debian 3.0 R2
Kernal 2.4.20
XFree86 4.1.1

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post Feb 18 2004, 04:46 AM
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Its GNU/

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Three runlevels are common to all Linux distributions that use System V-style init. Runlevel 0 is used to halt (shut down) the system, runlevel 1 is single-user mode, which has no networking support, and does not allow multiple users to log in (only the root user can use the system, and only on the console), and runlevel 6 is used to reboot the system. Runlevels 2 through 5 are different depending on which Linux distribution you use. Debian currently makes no distinction between these runlevels, however, some distributions do make distinctions. For example, in Red Hat, runlevels 2 and 3 are used for console-only multiuser logins, where runlevel 2 does not have networking on but 3 does, and runlevels 4 and 5 are analogous to 2 and 3, but with X Window-based logins.

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