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Old 09-12-2003, 07:21 AM   #1
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Question Switching to text mode on boot

I have loaded RH9 on my desktop and during the install I selected a graphical logon. Now I want to work more in the text mode so I'd like to change the default logon to go into text mode instead.

How do I do this?

Will this then leave me in text mode rather than X Windows? That's what I'd prefer.

Thank you in advance for any light you can shine on this issue.
Old 09-12-2003, 07:53 AM   #2
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Sorry for jumping the gun, but I found the answer myself.

I guess I should have exhausted all avenues before asking a dumb question.

Like my friend Larry used to ask me, "Can I ask you a dumb question?"

I'd reply, "Better than anyone I know!"

Here is the solution:

Using vi, or whatever editor you like, edit file /etc/inittab and change the following entry:




This will change your default run level from 5 (which is graphical) to 3 (which is text mode, non-graphical).

Then when you reboot you'll be in text mode. To start X Windows type in startx.

Thank you for allowing me my moment of impatience.
Old 09-12-2003, 07:57 AM   #3
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If you want to change your boot mode when booting, you can also instruct the bootloader to override the inittab settings. In GRUB, you have to edit the options to add init x, to enable to boot into x level.


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