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Sometimes, I need to test some CLI programs without touching my real installation. For that purpose, I use a Virtual Machine running off a Live CD. Now, I don't need a full-blown user-friendly graphical interface, a CLI would suffice. I've earlier found a boot option to accomplish this, but I can't find it anymore.

  • What is the boot option for skipping the graphical stuff and booting into a terminal?
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quiet splash text

All you need is text the other 2 should already be in the command line when you hit F6 at the start up screen.

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Booting took -ages- edit: 7minutes to reach a command line :D –  Rinzwind Jun 3 '11 at 14:06
    
it took me about ten seconds, my ISO is on my SSD and VirtualBox starts pretty quick on my i5 with 8GB RAM :D –  Lekensteyn Jun 3 '11 at 14:11
    
I was using a cd ;) –  Rinzwind Jun 3 '11 at 14:11
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