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Old 08-13-2003, 03:10 PM   #1
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Starting Woody without X

My install goes straight into X-windows. How can I start Debian Linux so that I do NOT start X but go to the CLI when I want to?
For example if X-windows hangs everytime and I want to go to the CLI and look around?
Old 08-14-2003, 08:54 AM   #2
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If you are really wanting to start without x-windows, you can edit the /etc/innitab file so that your default runlevel is 1. I believe this runlevel is used for maintenance.
If possible, I think that a better solution would be to leave that file alone, and use either < ctrl-alt-F1 > or <ctrl-alt-backspace> . One of these should get you back to a command prompt.
Hope this helps.
Old 08-14-2003, 09:04 AM   #3
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edit /etc/inittab
change 5 in 'id:5:initdefault' into 3 to have multiuser textmode as default.
Old 08-15-2003, 12:48 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone!
I solved it by typing Linux 1 or 3 at the lilo boot prompt.
I normally go to X. But if I want to I do this now.
I had a driver problem and x crashed and the machine stopped responding everytime I started it! So I had to go to the CLI and reconfigure X and choose a different video driver. Now everything is fine.....


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