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Distribution: Lots of distros in the past, now Linux Mint
another way is to hit ctrl-alt-F1, then 'kill ####' your desktop manager, whether it's gdm (gnome) or kdm (kde). To find out which, you can run 'ps -A | less' (the pipe command is the one above your backslash, generally).
If you use Lilo as your bootloader, you can also use 'linux single' which is similar to MS Window's "safe" mode. 'linux 3' will boot you into init 3, which runs everything but the GUI, generally.
Originally posted by splashdream Thanks for all the variations on how this task could be completed. WOW! The power of linux I like choices!
I ended up launching a console and entering init 3 then when completed init 5. Worked like a champ!
Now, how do I modify the bootloader so that I have a terminal mode option?
Now when you say you want to modify the bootloader so you have a terminal mode option do you mean that you want to boot into command line or just have the option to choose command line OR GUI login?
As far as I know, you choose EITHER command line OR GUI permanently, but not a both. Nothing, is of course permanent as you can edit your /etc/inittab again. But, I find booting to command line first, then going into X is much easier on my stress levels.
Lots of times booting to X will be hell to get out of (as you found out). So, rather than going through all that, I just type:
after I login to my terminal and go to X that way. It's 7 extra keystrokes that will keep you from stressing. And if something goes wrong with X, it will usually dump you back to command line with errors rather than putting you in a looping hell.