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How do I boot to a command line interface instead of a GUI?

I am running Ubuntu 12.10. When my computer boots, I want to log into my computer only using the CLI, not the default GUI given by ubuntu, and use the CLI to choose a window manager after I log in. I am aware of Ctrl+Alt+F*, but that is one more keypress - unless I can default to one of those.

How would I go about disabling the GUI login, and playing with the CLI log in instead?

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marked as duplicate by fossfreedom Dec 28 '12 at 10:04

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If I have understood your question properly, is this what you are looking for? –  i08in Dec 28 '12 at 5:00

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Modify your file /etc/default/grub with


and do sudo update-grub. The machine will boot in text mode.

To start the graphical interface you do

sudo service lightdm start

Courtesy: http://askubuntu.com/a/52117/11932 and modified for Ubuntu 12.10.

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