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yeah that's easy enough. i *still* haven't got a clue what a grub config file looks like, but just copy the current one you're using and specify the runlevel in it with "init 3" in the kernel parameters.
I don't know. I suppose if you wrote a program that is run from /etc/init.d, and had it look at the kernel parameters given and set the runlevel accordingly, it might work, but I'd be sceptical.
Just out of curiosity, why would you want to do this? Could you not set up your system so that you're given a text login, and those that want to be taken straight to the GUI do so? I think you'd maybe need to edit the .bashrc file in some users ~ directory, and possible their .xinitrc as well.
Damn! I hate it when that happens! Ok, I suppose my idea was a little far-stretched. Go with Master Kewp's