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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, 02:19 PM
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Its GNU/

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For debian, run level 2 is default ... switch /etc/inittab back to 2 ...

then go to /etc/rc2.d and do the command:


You will see a file named S99xdm (or S99gdm, or S99kdm) depending onthe display manager you picked ... just issue the command:

rm S99xdm

(or S99gdm, or S99kdm)
On my debain install, runlevels 2,3,4,5 all look exactly the same ... so you could set the default runlevel to 3 if you want (and do the rm S99xdm) there (/etc/rc3.d)and leave the S99xdm alone in rc5.d, then use 3 as the default run level and 5 as a GUI runlevel ... make sure your rcx.d (substitute 2,3,4,5 for x) are the same and you can then set it up however you want...

Johnny Hughes
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