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I have installed an Ubuntu Server. It obviously comes with no graphical interface. I tried to install it with:

apt-get install xserver-xorg xfonts* gnome gdm

Then I got an error message trying to login with Gnome and eventually I uninstalled everything:

apt-get remove xserver-xorg xfonts* gnome gdm

However, it seems Ubuntu still has some scripts trying to launch Gnome since when starting I get:

Starting GNOME Display Manager   fail
Stopping system v run level compatibility

And the system stops forever (I know I can use ALT+F1)

What should I modify to have this completely uninstalled? I cannit find anything on the rc2.d...

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If you want to keep the server a pure server, you may want to install something like Webmin, which can give you a web-based GUI for a lot of configuration options. ubuntuserverguide.com/2012/06/… –  Kendor Jun 30 '13 at 23:35
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suo apt-get remove does not remove the configuration files, but since you already removed the packages you cannot purge the config files. Your best bet is to reinstall the same packages then purge them, thus removing all configuration files.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg xfonts* gnome gdm
sudo apt-get purge xserver-xorg xfonts* gnome gdm
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I think I have it... Removing /etc/rcS.d/S70x11-common and /etc/init/gdm.conf Not totally sure but apparently that made it! –  Kiara Jun 30 '13 at 23:48
Is it "purge" the right way to uninstall them? I normally use "remove" but according to what you said I should always use purge to make sure configuration files are also removed –  Kiara Jun 30 '13 at 23:50
You might want to use remove if you have configured the program but the executables/libraries are corrupted, but I usually just purge it to make sure it is gone,gone,gone. –  Scott Goodgame Jul 1 '13 at 4:44
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