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  • Open /etc/inittab file and you will see this line

    change the value 5 to 3 .when you will change it line will look like this

    save the file.
    when you will restart your PC , your Pc will start in text mode by default.

    Answered by swastikmohangupta
    4 years ago
    0 2
  • not sure about what you mean...
    if you want to skip load X during boot, change the default runlevel on inittab.

    once you're at terminal, you can do whatever you want/need
    what are you looking for ?

    Answered by pslq
    4 years ago
    1 0
  • At the grub boot menu press E key from keyboard. Next select the distro want to boot & press the same key again. Very carefully, select the line with "kernel /boot/vmlinuz" and hit the same key again....
    Now type a space and the number 3 at the end of that line, for an eg. : "kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17 ro root=/dev/hda6" (before) and after modification it looks like:
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17 ro root=/dev/hda6 3
    Now press "B" key from keyboard and it boots as u desire.

    If u run this for one time then simply, type 3 on boot menu....

    Answered by rechil_colin
    4 years ago
    0 1
  • If you're working at the console, get used to the constant switching between either virtual consoles or virtual windows within a screen session. You can have a workable number of windows open, you just can't have them all fully open and visible at one time.

    When I'm working on a headless server, I find it most convenient to do so via ssh from a machine with a decent gui; I'll have maybe half a dozen ssh sessions open, all in xterms, just so I can have one or two desktops set up with all the views I need into the target machine. 'top -c' in an 100-column 80-line xterm is a lot more informative than it is in an 80x24 terminal screen. Remember to keep an extra window open for man-pages; I don't care how accustomed I am to a command, I usually check to make sure A> I've got my arguments syntax right, and B> that what I want from the program is available on that machine.

    Find and get used to a console-mode file-manager you like. I use ytree mainly, because I'm used to that style of tool from my DOS days, but I also have mc on hand for things ytree won't do (such as, move a subtree -- and all its dependencies -- from one point on the filesystem tree to another).

    If you're not fond of vi, you'll want to add or edit EDITOR= and VISUAL= lines in your ~/.profile to specify your preferred text editor. If you don't have one you like, look around and choose one -- jed, nano, joe, etc. -- because you will be spending a lot of time in it. Those lines in ~/.profile control what editor is invoked by 'crontab -e', visudo, less (when you hit the 'v' key to edit what you've been viewing) and other system and admin programs.

    Get used to writing a lot of little twiddle scripts to automate the things you do often. It's more than just laziness, it's Murphy-proofing your typing and thus safeguarding the machine. Those scripts can have console-mode popup widgets; 'man dialog' for details.

    I don't do admin for a living, so look for better advice from those who do, but these are my recommendations.

    Answered by crb3
    4 years ago
    0 1
  • to temporarily go into runlevel 3, on the command line run 'init 3' To boot up into runlevel 3 edit /etc/inittab and change the default to 3. Note, I don't think either of these work in Ubuntu. I think they are trying to become a GUI only OS.


    Answered by billpet
    4 years ago
    0 1
  • As root, grep id: /etc/inittab

    change that number to 3 then save.

    Answered by CoolDude
    4 years ago
    0 0
  • Depends on the Distro. If you are running red-hat-centos-sci-linux-suse-arch then look up /etc/inittab and id:3:initdefault; ubuntu uses upstart so if no inittab you will have to edit /etc/init/rc-sysinit.conf instead and change the following line:

    Answered by dimaah
    4 years ago
    0 1
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