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How do you boot Puppy Linux Slacko (or Precise or Wary) into the command line? I wish to startx only if I need it. Unfortunately it does not seem to copy Slackware's traditional /etc/inittab runlevel methodology.

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I don't know Puppy Linux, but it should be possible to get a multiuser without X runlevel/target appending 3 to the kernel boot line. In any case, appending 1 or s should get singleuser (maintenance) level anyway. This post seems to imply that starting X is done "by hand" in /etc/profile, check that one (read that file and possibly comment out the line)

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By appending pfix=nox to kernel options.

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GNU/Linux have 3 boot process: SysV, upstart and systemd, SysV have inittab and others don't use inittab. debian uses SysV, Fedora uses systemd and ubuntu uses upsatrt.

Your answer:

if you want to find out puppy which use boot process, see first paragraph of init.

Note:

if you know configuration of inittab file, indeed you know upstart and systemd configuration files. because they similar.

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In Fedora at least (systemd now, was upstart until recently) the /etc/inittab file is used, but only to define default runlevel (even though systemd doesn't use runlevels' per se). –  vonbrand Feb 12 '13 at 23:01
    
The two systems I am comfortable with inittab (in Slackware and Redhat Enterprise Linux) and Ubuntu (?upstart) are definitely NOT similar. –  haziz Feb 13 '13 at 0:17
    
some of them i don't know which or both, if you ls, you can see inittab, but they just keep this file as traditional, not applicable. –  Mohsen Pahlevanzadeh Feb 13 '13 at 4:35
    
@MohsenPahlevanzadeh there's also OpenRC used mostly by Gentoo. –  peterph Feb 13 '13 at 19:50
    
Linux actually has far more init systems than just the three you're referencing. –  Chris Down Feb 15 '13 at 9:27

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