On Fri, Mar 01, 2002 at 10:32:50AM -0800, Harry Putnam wrote: > Well, I got X working in my fresh woody install, but there are a few > rinkles. > 1) I want to boot to console mode and call x with startx. > > Currently, I get popped right into X. > I thought this could be contolled by setting the defalult run level > /etc/inittab But I see nothing in there that looks likely. Sounds like you have gdm (or xdm or ?dm) installed. Substitute ? with the appropriate letter below. If you *always* want to start X by hand, then you shouldn't need ?dm. de-install it. Or edit /etc/init.d/?dm to "exit 0" before it does anything useful. If you *mostly* want to start X by hand, then run # update-rc.d -f ?dm remove This will remove the symlinks from /etc/rc*.d to ?dm, and should allow you start it anyway by invoking /etc/init.d/?dm by hand Note: I'm not sure how this approach fares if you upgrade ?dm - they symlinks may reappear - update-rc.d will recreate them only if they were cleanly removed, but not if some were left in place. More details on "man update-rc.d" > In fact it claims the default is runlevel 2. Or is runlevel 2 X. I > don't think so. Have faith. The default *is* 2. > > In my redhat dealings it was possible to set default to runlevel 5 > which force boot to bring up X. setting runlevel 3 gave you a console > login. Debian doesn't use runlevels for this. AFAIK runlevels 2-5 are completely under the control of the sysadmin, but by default they are identical. I suspect that if we were to use runlevels for this sort of stuff, then we'd quickly run out of them. This has been discussed on this list in the past - probably somewhere in the archives @ http://lists.debian.org HTH -- Karl E. Jørgensen firstname.lastname@example.org www.karl.jorgensen.com ==== Today's fortune: An economist is a man who would marry Farrah Fawcett-Majors for her money.
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