Debian Configuration :: Booting Into A Command Line With No X

Jun 7, 2011

I wanted to be able to have a boot option to just use a command line with no X running at all. What I did was remove the gdm3 link in rc5.d . Then in /boot/grub/grug.cfg I made a new menuentry that is exactly the same as the default but I changed this line:

linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-686 root=UUID=3e926e70-cb92-4847-997c-37aabda532ff ro quiet to this line: linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-686 root=UUID=3e926e70-cb92-4847-997c-37aabda532ff ro 5

This worked. It gave me a command line interface with no X running.

My question is is this the recommended way in Debian? If not what is?

I have been using Linux for a very long time but I used mostly Slackware. I tried Redhat for awhile but really hated bluecruve, shows how long I have been using Linux. I have played with other distros but I always went back to Slack. But I really dislike KDE4 so Slack is no longer an option. KDE4 reminds me of a 12 year old girl that got a big box of makeup and had to use every bit of it. I now am using Debian on my laptop. And as aside I gave my 16 year old daughter a laptop for her birthday. She used the included version of windows 7 for awhile but then asked me what would be a good Linux distro for her. I showed her distrowatch and told her to look at the top distros. She then asked me to help her put on Debian. She loves it. She is a very good musician and song righter, She actually gets paid for doing that at 16, and really likes the programs in Linux to work with sound files. She also does MIDI stuff with our Yamaha Clavinova.

Now we are trying to do things the Debian way and it is a little different then other distros. So did I do the command line thing they way it's recommended in Debian. I have looked on line but all I could find was working in a shell and that is not what I was looking for.

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Cc:C^D ~$

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The code of the boot log goes here-
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Code: Select allSection "ServerLayout"
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OK, to the story: I made a while ago an dist-upgrade from wheezy to jessie. Before, everything works fine. I boot my computer, the RAID gets checked and a mail was sent to my email-address with the state of my RAID and the disks of it. For this I followed a HowTo from [URL] .... After the upgrade, I dont get a mail anymore.

Here some details.

Actually installed: Debian 8.2 Jessie

Code: Select allsystemctl status mdadm-raid -l
● mdadm-raid.service - LSB: MD array assembly
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/mdadm-raid)
   Active: active (exited) since Son 2015-10-11 16:11:34 CEST; 21min ago
  Process: 281 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/mdadm-raid start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

Okt 11 16:11:34 xy-server mdadm-raid[281]: Generating udev events for MD arrays...done.

[Code] ....

When I execute

Code: Select allecho "This is a test e-mail from my server using msmtp" | msmtp -d
Code: Select allmdadm --monitor --scan --test --oneshot

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What I'm wondering is also, that obviously the

is ignored by systemd and only the
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