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?

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

According to the answer at https://askubuntu.com/a/943701/37574, this has changed as of 15.04 with the use of systemd.

So now instead of appending text to the kernel parameters, you now append the slightly less memorable systemd.unit=multi-user.target.

Once it boots you'll find yourself at a login prompt, where you can log in with 'ubuntu' and a blank password.

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