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I am using Ubuntu 10.10 desktop, but i need to shut off graphic window (gdm) and and make it alive when a need it, how can i do that?

Thanks in advance

Rick

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To stop GDM:

sudo stop gdm

Make sure you're logged out from the graphical login or you might loose data.

To start it again, use:

sudo start gdm
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Thanks a lot for for all of you, question answered. –  Rick May 2 '11 at 14:18
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If you only need a terminal, and not to close everything in the GUI, press Ctrl+Alt+ one of the F1 to F6 Keys. You will get a fullscreen login terminal. To switch back, press Ctrl+Alt+F7.

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if you don't want GDM to start automatically just edit "/etc/default/grub" and modify the line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

in

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash text"

then type:

sudo update-grub

then, you can start GDM at any time by typing:

sudo service gdm start

or just run the default DE by typing:

startx
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