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Re: xdm starting, but not configured

"Emma Jane Hogbin" <emmajane@xtrinsic.com> writes:

> Is there a way to boot into a "safe-mode" instead of having xdm start? I
> didn't configure it properly. When it starts up I get a totally useless
> screen of junk. I need a way to boot the computer to the prompt instead of
> having xdm start. Is it possible?

You might be looking for single-user mode; have your boot loader add
'single' as a parameter to the kernel.  (Probably type 'linux single'
if you're using LILO, edit the 'boot' line appropriately in GRUB.)
This starts you up with almost no services at all, but sometimes this
is what you want.

If you want, you can also set up a runlevel to start without xdm;
remove the appropriate symlink in /etc/rc3.d for runlevel 3, for
example.  'telinit 3' from the single-user boot prompt would then send
you into this runlevel; adding '3' to the kernel command line would
boot straight into it.

If your video card isn't that hosed by the abortive X startup, you
might also be able to switch to a text console with Ctrl+Alt+F1 after
you boot up normally.

David Maze         dmaze@debian.org      http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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