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mvalviar
April 25th, 2010, 06:24 PM
How do I enable all text boot and login and a shell and present bash on login and if I want start x I type startx?

I read a thread but starting means typing sudo gdm-bin startx if you don't apps on gnome that needs root privileges needs to be started off a shell instead of presenting a authentication prompt. This is a bit inconvenient.

Is there a way to get an all text verbose boot, a shell on login and start x with '$ startx' and gnome will just work normally?

-humanaut-
April 25th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Are you running Lucid? If you just let it sit at the TTY1 console it will go to a graphical boot. (Im guessing your using a nvidia card?) An update today seemed to bring back the 16-color display for me. (kubuntu lucid)

nothingspecial
April 25th, 2010, 08:29 PM
You need to edit /etc/default/grub

So that the 9th line (including lines with nothing written) reads

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text"

text instead of quiet splash (or whatever it says)

then
sudo update grub

You will probably have to edit your xinitrc to have startx work.

Or you could type
sudo service gdm start

I would not recommend starting X as root though.