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Old 09-28-2005, 06:02 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
Location: Ohio, USA
Distribution: LinuxMint Gloria, Ubuntu 9.10
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Runlevel and gdmsetup problem

I was trying to get my gdmsetup login configured... when I typed "gdmsetup" at a prompt, it said it couldn't access the gdm configuration file. I changed a line in the gdm.conf file, and set /etc/inittab to runlevel 4. Reboot: now it can't load the gdm.conf file and dumps me out at the bootup screen with no prompt to fix this through.

Am I hosed? Is there a way, during boot, to intercept the bootup and get to a prompt to un-edit my mistake and get back to runlevel 3?
Old 09-28-2005, 06:20 PM   #2
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Two choices:
1) You should be able to do cntrl-alt-F6 to get a prompt in run level 4.
2) You can boot the 1st install cd. At the prompt log in as root and then mount your / partition
mkdir /mnt/root
mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/root
then edit /mnt/root/etc/inittab to go into run level 3. and reboot.
Old 09-28-2005, 07:01 PM   #3
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I'll go try that right now... as an aside, how do I give myself write permissions with knoppix? I was trying to access the files I buggered up with that. .. ,but I don't seem to have "write permissions".

Edit: The ctrl+alt F6 did the trick... wish I'd've known about that before - it would've saved a reinstall or two.

Thanks Very Much!

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