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init 3 or telinit 3 dosnt exit xorg
I need to install the nvidia drivers but init 3 (from a virtual console (ctrl + alt + F2)) dosnt do anyting and if it does (it has once) it still dosnt shutdown xorg i was logged in as root in both console and xorg and tryed both init 3 and telinit 3.
"init" or "telinit" are NOT commands to shut down X. They are commands to change the underlying level of running within linux. if you happen to go to X via a grpahical login, and run "init 3", then the XDM service will be terminated, and any processes directly based upon it. if you're not booting to a graphical login, just log out... indeed if for some reason you DO use an xdm login, just log out. if you've done it right, i.e. as root, then you'll exit just fine.
you don't actually need to exit X anyway to be honest....
Distribution: SUSE 9.0, 9.2, 10.0, Slackware 10.2 and slamd64
When i installed the drivers, i ran init 3(as root) from a term (graphical interface) and everything closed and went to a text console(I think the X closed) then i did the installation. I didn't do it in ctrl-alt-F2.
Try doing that, maybe works for you to.
depending on the distro you are running X may still start even at runlevel3 so you need to verify what is running on runlevel3. i know for a fact that debian is like this. debian uses runlevel 2, 3, 4, and 5 to start x. for installing the nvidia drivers you need to verify that x is not running and not running when you boot the system.
for debian there are a few tools you can use to modify what starts and when. i will use these tools to tell the system to make runlevel 2, 3, and 4 look just like runlevel 5 except for the X, then i just boot into runlevel 2 or runlevel 3 and run the install from nvidia from there. it is extreemly painless now with the new installer from Nvidia.
if you are in runlevel3, you can just type startx and you are golden.