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madiyaan 05-30-2003 08:36 PM

how to enter into console mode
How exactly do I enter into console mode (ie no X window "consoles"). I want to enter pure console mode with no windows/graphics...thanks.

Ekim Gram 05-30-2003 08:37 PM

What distro are you using?

madiyaan 05-30-2003 08:38 PM

mandrake 9.1 bamboo

DaFrEQ 05-30-2003 08:41 PM

init 3?

madiyaan 05-30-2003 08:58 PM

What is init3?

DaFrEQ 05-30-2003 09:08 PM

in your console... or where ever you can type in commands right now...
man init
this will open up the man page telling you how to use your inits :)

I think init 3 takes you to regular default console mode (no X server running)

You can also check your /etc/inittab file for the line that says:
# The default runlevel is defined here

the id:5: is the part you want to look at.
The 5 is the init level to start on bootup. If you are going straight into GUI (x srvr) then you are most likely defaulting to init 5 (i think... correct me if i'm wrong) depeding on the distro too.

If you want to boot straight to the regular console and no X srvr replace the 5 with a 3. OR, you can just type:
init 3 as root and it will switch to runlevel 3.

hope it helps.


Azmeen 05-30-2003 10:30 PM

If you're using KDE just click on the K menu and click logout. By default it should bring you to the terminal.

ksgill 05-30-2003 10:59 PM

just press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to get into console and Ctrl + Alt + F7 to exit it after you are done

Azmeen 05-30-2003 11:28 PM

Woah... Jatt_thugz's method is the simplest and most often overlooked. You should try that madiyaan.

ksgill 05-30-2003 11:41 PM

yeah man...i got that from "Complete Idiots Guide to Linux" :) :)

DaFrEQ 05-30-2003 11:58 PM


If you're using KDE just click on the K menu and click logout.
Not always true. As a matter of fact, SuSE, Slack, and some other distros have all acted the same in the manner of click log out and it will log you out, but put you in the KDM, not back to the console.

But maybe I read the question wrong...


madiyaan 05-31-2003 03:12 PM

Yeah thanks Jutt_thugs...ure method was the best. Now i hope this isnt just a console with full screen mode. (I actualled want the console mode, not a console within the X server, because the X server is pretty unstable...) i think init method would work as well, but i dont want it to start in console mode everytime. It should give me an option of console mode just like it gives me the option of going into gnome mode or KDE mode or any other GUI mode...
Thanks again,

DaFrEQ 05-31-2003 07:05 PM

You could write a script that does that.
Or better yet, I'm sure there is something out there already that can do it for you.

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