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I'm wondering if anyone knows of a command to bypass the GUI login (I have it set to gdm) at boot. I've tried alt+f6 but that only works temporarily, once X starts it will go from text mode to GUI... and that isn't working for me because I made an error in a gnome display manager theme .xml file, I need to simply login from text mode as root, and rename a file and/or edit one or two... but I can't seem to come across any commands to bypass X windows/login via text mode. I'm using mandrake 10.0. Thanks in advance, for anybody who has an idea.
When I boot up, everything goes smoothly until x starts, GDM (gnome display manager, the graphical logon I use) looks for a theme .xml file which is pointing to an image file, which I incorrectly named... this prevents GDM from starting normally and gives me an error dialog, I cannot do anything at this point.. besides restart. I simply need to logon in text mode, but I can't change /etc/inittab initdefault from 5 to 3 because I can't login in the first place. Is there any command which will allow me to bypass x windows and go to a text-only login? (such as alt+f6, but alt+f6 is overridden as soon as x starts... so that isn't any use)
You need to boot into single user mode. Is your bootloader LILO or GRUB? If lilo, then type
at the boot prompt
for grub, I'm not sure. I know you have to hit e and then go through a few more steps.
Darth, thanks alot! I booted in single user mode, did my thing and everything is running smoothly now, you own. And speaking of knoppix, I should've thought of that but I can't seem to find my cd anywhere so I guess I'll have to burn a new one. :- )