Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Booting Linux in Text Mode (inittab)

> I have configured Linux so it boots under X mode.

> Now it always starts in this mode, and I'd like to know how to (which
> command) make Linux boot under Text Mode.

Pretty straightforward. Bring up a shell and edit the /etc/inittab file.
The very first section should discuss the "default runlevel," with a bunch
of #'d-out lines describing each runlevel. Following this, look for the
following line (or something close to it):

id:5:initdefault:

The 5 indicates to start in X. Change this to 3, save the inittab file, and
presto --- next time you boot up, you'll find yourself in bash.

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