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Old 10-25-2005, 10:28 AM   #1
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How to start Linux in text mode

I have FC4. Do you know how to start the console logging(ie text mode) instead of the X-server?
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logging? you mean login i assume? anywho... besides whatever gui FC4 provides for this, the ultimate way is to open /etc/inittab and cahnge the default from a 5 to a 3 then reboot.
Old 10-25-2005, 10:36 AM   #3
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so you want the computer to start like this every time?

if so edit (as root):

/etc /inittab

find the line that starts:


and change the default runlevel to 3 (full multiuser no X) it's probably set to 5 (Full Gui)

mine looks like this but yours could be different
# Default runlevel.

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Old 10-25-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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If it's only for one time, press ESC at startup and type "linux rescue" or "linux text". This will boot in text mode only.
Old 10-25-2005, 02:44 PM   #5
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Even after you boot your machine in Run level 5, you can switch to text console by pressing Alt+ctl+F1 (through F6) and you can switch back to your xterm console at by pressing ctl+Alt+F7(default xterm window).
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If you want to change it temporarily type(as root) init 3
To then start the gui (Graphical user interface)type(as a non-priveledged user) startx
When you finish your gui session, you can close X by (at the terminal you started it from)pressing "Ctrl + X +C" all three at the same time. To change back to a full time gui type (again as root) init 5
for long term edit /etc/inittab in any text editor, disregarding what it says about this page was edited by....
btw Each of these commands has a manual and they make for a good read!! Try
man init
man inittab
man startx

Happy computing, and welcome to the command line, Kurt
P.S. Alt+Ctrl+F1-6 will get you virtual consoles, not xterms. xterm is a command line window the works within X (only when it's running)There are others.

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