Thread: Debian questions
March 6th, 2003, 12:11 PM #1
Finnally have debian installed on one of my boxes
First because I normaly use slack
How do you get to a cli?
You cant signin to the gui as root--and I have yet to find a telinit that gets me to the command line. in fact the only telinit's that did anything from what i can tell is 1 and 6
control shift backspace just takes me to the signin
inittab---doesnt have anything set as default
I would really like to use apt---but I feel wierd su'ing from a user account with gui loaded
March 6th, 2003, 12:14 PM #2
I feel the same way about the apt thing, what I usually do is ssh in from another box to use apt, probably silly or no biggie to login in as a user and su to root but........
Are you using XDM or GDM? I think when I was using XDM root could log into the GUI but not with GDM. (or is that backwards anyway with one you can and the other you cant)
March 6th, 2003, 12:17 PM #3
Actually you reminded me to look at that and if you are running gdm you can edit the gdm.conf file its in /etc/X11/gdm under the security options and change AllowRoot=false to true that should let you log in to the gui as root.
March 6th, 2003, 12:20 PM #4
I just open an aterm (or xterm or whatever) and su before running apt, seems like the easiest way to me. I suppose you could Ctrl Alt F2 to switch to a different console and then login as root, seems a bit pointless though.
I set my box to boot to run level 2 (CLI) in innitab as I regularly break X.
eddyI dreamt that a large eagle circled the room three times and then got into bed with me and took all the blankets.
March 6th, 2003, 01:37 PM #5
Its better to do that anyway in case X stops working or you break a config file.
Also, sometimes you don't need a X session and want it doing something else._____
March 6th, 2003, 03:41 PM #6
Shouldnt it go to cli if I type as root telinit 2? Even if gdm is enabled.
The inittab file didnt have anything set a telinit default---can I just set that to 2? Will that give me a normal cli login?
Edit: ctrl alt f*---silly me
Last edited by flashingcurser; March 6th, 2003 at 03:43 PM.
March 6th, 2003, 03:44 PM #7
March 6th, 2003, 04:00 PM #8
Thank you eddy
I may need to pick you brain some more about debbi
March 6th, 2003, 04:08 PM #9
No worries, any time
edI dreamt that a large eagle circled the room three times and then got into bed with me and took all the blankets.
March 6th, 2003, 04:09 PM #10
flamingcurser you could always just remove gdm from starting automatically update-rc.d -f gdm remove and then you will boot to CLI, all i did.
March 6th, 2003, 10:23 PM #11
Why do you feel odd su'ing just to use apt? I do it all the time. What's the big deal? I just open an aterm and su to root, then mess with packages. Very simple.
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