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Old 02-21-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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Talking shutting down Xserver and dropping to the shell


may sound like a dumb question:

suppose i boot into runlevel 3...then i start the it possible to shut it down and drop back to the shell ?

i want to do this because i have a very slow computer...opening a virtual terminal with ctrl-alt-F1 etc dosent help coz the graphics keep on running in the background...ctrl-alt-backspc only restarts the server..thats not wht i want ..i want to shut it down..possible?

thanx in anticipation

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after crt +alt + f1 did you try init 3? that should take you back to runlevel 3.
Old 02-22-2004, 03:03 AM   #3
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FIrst find out which desktop manager do you use. Switch to ttyX (CTRL+ALT+Fx). Do it via `ps -Af`, you should see one of following: startx, kdm, xdm, gdm. Then killall the one you have seen. If it is startx, kill should be enough, but the others spawns their own child process, so you should kill the whole process tree.
And if you use startx to bring up the graphics, CTRL+ALT+BACKSPASE should be enough.


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