[Q] Debain 3.0 Startup....

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Sat Aug 17 10:55:25 EST 2002

On Sat, 2002-08-17 at 09:14, Donovan J. Edye wrote:
> How do I stop booting into the graphics mode and purely into a text mode.

First, to get to a text console press "Alt+Ctrl+Fn" to get you to
virtual console n (eg: Alt+Ctrl+F1 to get to vc 1).

Log in as root.

Before you go any further, install ssh.  Do not use telnetd - even on
your local network, you don't want puppets of the USA Government - or
ex-girlfriends - snarfing your highly sensitive passwords.

The rest of these instructions can be done via the console or via remote

Determine what you're using that starts the X Windows System - usually
it will be xdm, wdm or gdm (the X Windows System Display Manager, the
WINGs Display Manager, or the Gnome Display Manager) - you'll find
scripts for each in the /etc/init.d folder

For each of the *dm scripts, you'll need to do something like:

  update-rc.d xdm stop 99 2 3 4 5 .

Don't modify the /etc/rc?.d links by hand.

Once you've got the X Windows System settings working correctly (testing
my manually running /etc/init.d/xdm start), you can restore the init
scripts by doing something like:

  update-rc.d xdm start 99 2 3 4 5 .

Of course if you don't plan on adjusting the X Windows System settings
to run on your monitor, and just want a text console on that machine,
you could just remove xdm and friends:

  apt-get remove xdm wdm gdm ... etc


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