[nSLUG] Re: ?Debian on SPARC - keyboard problem

Stephen Gregory nslug at kernelpanic.ca
Mon Feb 6 20:37:32 AST 2006

On Mon, Feb 06, 2006 at 12:33:31PM -0400, Daniel Ricard wrote:
> So is there a way to, say, boot the machine without any display
> manager

Debian's default boot manager should include a option to boot into
single user mode, or recovery mode. In single user mode you can fix
and stop X. When you are done exit the shell and the system will
continue to boot to the default run level.

On Debian stop xdm/gdm/kdm at boot up with

# update-rc.d -f xdm | gdm | kdm  remove

or add 'exit 0' to the start of the *dm script in /etc/init.d

You can also boot with the argument init=/bin/bash as Donald
suggested. Using this method you will need to remount / to read-write
mode before you can make any changes. When you are done remount / to
readonly and run sync. Then just reboot.

# mount -o rw,remount /
  do stuff to fix or stop X
# mount -o ro,remount /
# sync

> (only reach runlevel 3)

I believe debian default is to run X in all regular run levels. The
idea that X only starts in a specific runlevel is distro
specific. (and there is far too much documentation that implies X is
only runlevel 4 or similar nonsense.)



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