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Old 09-27-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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How do i boot to plain terminal / text mode?


So i've googled this question for atleast over an hour, i'm training myself with linux, i got Arch Linux installed and everything is cool and working fine, installed KDE, but here comes the question, i am intending to remove kde from linux and so on i guess i need get in the plain text mode, how do i do it? Do i have to edit some config to do this?

Thanks in forward and sorry from the stupid(?) question =)
 
Old 09-27-2016, 01:21 PM   #2
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You can do this by inputting code in a terminal whilst logged in
Code:
sudo init 3
Or you can edit the linux line in boot menu. When your boot menu shows immediately press 'e' on the keyboard and add '3' (no quote marks) to the end of the linux line (starts 'linux /vmlinuz' or 'linux /boot/vmlinuz')
If you're not using grub then this may not be correct.
Perhaps someone can advise you if necessary.
 
Old 09-27-2016, 01:31 PM   #3
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

Assuming your using systemd you can set the run mode via the command (as root):

systemctl set-default multi-user.target

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd
 
Old 09-27-2016, 01:31 PM   #4
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You're looking for an init configuration that does not start X (the graphical environment).

On Slackware, this is the default. On Arch, it will depend on what you use to get your OS started; I think you're probably using systemd by default? I believe the command to *not* go to a graphical login screen is:

Code:
systemctl set-default multi-user.target
You'll have to test, though, because I haven't done that in a while.

For what it's worth: learning the unix shell is great, but don't be too afraid of the GUI. I mean, it's there, it's got modern conveniences (like easy copying and pasting from terminal to terminal) and people do use it. So don't be afraid of it; it can be useful. That said, teach yourself the shell!
 
Old 09-27-2016, 01:35 PM   #5
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You're looking for an init configuration that does not start X (the graphical environment).

On Slackware, this is the default. On Arch, it will depend on what you use to get your OS started; I think you're probably using systemd by default? I believe the command to *not* go to a graphical login screen is:

Code:
systemctl set-default multi-user.target
You'll have to test, though, because I haven't done that in a while.

For what it's worth: learning the unix shell is great, but don't be too afraid of the GUI. I mean, it's there, it's got modern conveniences (like easy copying and pasting from terminal to terminal) and people do use it. So don't be afraid of it; it can be useful. That said, teach yourself the shell!
Yes i'm using just defaults that Arch ISO had, so propably you are right if it's the default in it.

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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

Assuming your using systemd you can set the run mode via the command (as root):

systemctl set-default multi-user.target

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Systemd
Awesome!
I'll try these out, thanks! Wonder just how damn hard it's to find information like this, i've solved all the other problems with googling, and this is the thing i got stuck on. =)
And thanks, i'll be around here propably a lot, thinking of getting rid of Win10 for good.

Edit: "systemctl set-default multi-user.target" did work, yay!

Last edited by Fiilis; 09-27-2016 at 01:46 PM.
 
Old 09-27-2016, 09:40 PM   #6
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Arch Linux has their own forum also...

https://bbs.archlinux.org/
 
Old 09-29-2016, 08:34 AM   #7
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Arch Linux has their own forum also...

https://bbs.archlinux.org/
Oh ok, well i'll be going there then.
 
Old 09-30-2016, 01:19 AM   #8
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it just makes me wonder how you installed arch in the first place if you don't know how to get back (sic) to the command line.
 
Old 09-30-2016, 03:25 AM   #9
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it just makes me wonder how you installed arch in the first place if you don't know how to get back (sic) to the command line.
Just followed and read the installation guide from wiki, getting archlinux working was way easier than the struggle i had with mysql database, and that was only because i had forgotten one line on httpd.conf. I know i still have some simple bits and pieces to learn from linux, but getting there, i've always liked to learn things in hard way if possible, since from mistakes, atleast i learn a lot better.
 
Old 09-30-2016, 04:20 AM   #10
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Well then, you'd better get acquainted with the Arch wiki. Will save threads like this.
 
Old 09-30-2016, 05:38 AM   #11
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Well then, you'd better get acquainted with the Arch wiki. Will save threads like this.
Tell me something, for what forums are made for?
 
Old 10-01-2016, 12:40 AM   #12
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I'm guessing/hoping that "save threads like this" meant the struggle you went thru
(although the "learn/train self" [mentioned in #1&9] may be positive, as it is to me).

(it's possible that the "Newbie" Forum, vs. Arch-specific [deeper] expertise Forum,
might have been a better 'fit', in which case a moderator could have moved this Thread)

And the mention of the Arch .org site was, I'm *sure*, just a supportive offering of additional unique resources! I had 'subscribed' to this thread when I first saw it (because I avoid GUI), and when I saw you say "ok, I'll go there instead", I felt bad that you had mis-interperted it. LQ doesn't want people to 'go away' (unless obvious rule-violators who get *clearly* warned).

A couple of thoughts: 1: I've learned to be a little bit 'thick skinned'
(the philo. that what people say is 'their stuff', not necessarily mine to 'take on').
Yes, one may accidentally be 'terse' with something that's ultra-obvious *to them*.
2: esp. in the Newbie Forum, *IF* a guru finds someone's problem a 'time waster',
then the proper solution is: to simply not look there, rather than complain like if
someone had an 'accident' ('making' [not!] the guru 'waste time' 'gawking' at it!),
or complain that a student doesn't know all the graduate-level answers!
(and leave it for someone [like me] who has more time&patience [tho way less expertise]
a chance to learn by contributing!)

Anyway (excuse my ramblings), back to what the Moderator said (in #3):
Quote:
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.
I second this! Best wishes.... *enjoy*

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Old 10-01-2016, 09:34 AM   #13
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no no, i'm not trolling or being facetious, or even unfriendly.

it is a plain fact that if you install archlinux the way it is intended to be installed - i.e. start from the installation guide through general recommendations and finally up to KDE (since that is what op claims to have installed) - questions like "i am intending to remove kde from linux and so on i guess i need get in the plain text mode, how do i do it? Do i have to edit some config to do this?" have already been answered multiple times in the process.

that's what's so cool about archlinux - you install it manually, hard work, but the reward is knowing enough to get around in YOUR system.

as for syg00's comment, my guess is that they're "saving it" for the day when we finally find out that op is actually using manajro or antergos.

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Old 10-01-2016, 09:55 AM   #14
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Thanks again with the help, it seems, it's just better to keep my linux adventure as my own, and won't bother people with my stupid questions, thank you and sorry =)
 
  


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