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)?


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 '14 at 21:34

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