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I've got an older system that's resource challenged. I've disabled/removed gdm and kdm, and removed the splash screen by editing /etc/default/grub and running sudo update-grub.

GDM doesn't start, and I don't get the splash screen. However, I'm left with

Checking battery state [ OK ]

and I have to press ctrl+alt+F1 to get to the virtual terminal. How can I make the startup process end at tty0?

(I'm running Ubuntu 10.10)

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X (window server) is starting with no window manager and you need to change your default runlevel but cannot find the /etc/inittab file and there is no appropriate runlevel to use anyway, right? If you do not want to use the cleanest method of installing 10.04/10.10 server, then just tell GDM not to even try on runlevel 3:

sudo -e /etc/init/gdm.conf

Change stop on runlevel [016] to stop on runlevel [0136]

Save. Now set the default runlevel:

sudo -e /etc/init/rc-sysinit.conf


Save and reboot: sudo init 6


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No dice... I'm assuming that it's actually setting the runlevel since runlevel outputs 3. I don't /think/ it's so much a problem with gdm, since I just went ahead and uninstalled it. – Wayne Werner Jan 2 '12 at 6:23
After upgrading to 11.10 these changes were the same, and I changed /etc/init/kdm.conf to have start on runlevel [], and that fixed it. – Wayne Werner Feb 9 '12 at 3:04

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