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Old 12-12-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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Change runlevel in ubuntu (Debian)

Ok, Im using Ubuntu and so far its pretty good, however I want runlevel 3 (text login, multi user). I dont quite know what file to edit, any help is appreachiated. Thanks
Old 12-12-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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The file you want to edit is called inittab

Open a terminal. Su into root

Then type:

pico /etc/inittab
Now just edit the line called id:yournumber:initdefault
Old 12-12-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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Debian (Ubuntu) starts services in run level 2, so trying to change what starts by editing the run level probably isn't going to get you what you want..

The easy way to do this is to disable gdm (or kdm / xdm depending on your config)
mv /etc/rc2.d/S99gdm /etc/rc2.d/K99gdm
on startup you will then login to a normal text console.

alternately you could install rcconf or sysv-rc-conf and use that to modify the sysv startup..
apt-get install sysv-rc-conf
sysv-rc-conf --level 2345 gdm off

a simple startx will launch your desktop after login, if you so desire.


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