I have found a lot of question about Xorg not starting by default, but this is actually what I want.

How can I have Linux Mint (17 Quiana) not start GUI, just the shell (I believe that is supposed to be login shell)?


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The following should switch of mdm startup at boot for upstart:

echo manual | sudo tee /etc/init/mdm.override

Just remove the .override file if you want the service to start normal.

You can start the service from the console with sudo service mdm start

  • I'm sorry I don't understant, I'm relatively new to linux. If I create mdm.override file in /etc/init/ with just word "manual" mint will use upstart*.conf instead?
    – sgp667
    Oct 12, 2014 at 21:34

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