What I Want
I want to run a box as (typically) a 'server' (no GUI) and occasionally with the GUI because some things are easier that way. I'm working with Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon. I want to boot to console and not start
mdm but I want to be able to switch back, so solutions involving totally removing
mdm won't work well for me.
What I've Tried
For the default boot, I have edited
grub (whole file below)
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="text" and run
sudo update-grub but
mdm still started; then I tried to set
mdm to manual with
echo manual | sudo tee /etc/init/mdm.override but
mdm still started.
I can stop
mdm manually with
sudo service mdm stop which is close to what I want.
What's Wrong With My Solution
My best solution has me boot, starting
mdm as usual, and then I must stop
mdm manually. I want the machine to start normally from a
reboot or power cycle except the GUI doesn't start at all (unless I tell it to, e.g. by editing
grub or choosing a different option in the
grub menu). By 'start normally' I mean that services like
tomcat start and I can still
rsh to the machine and/or remote debug it.
# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update # /boot/grub/grub.cfg. # For full documentation of the options in this file, see: # info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration' GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="text" # Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs # This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains # the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...) #GRUB_BADRAM="0x01234567,0xfefefefe,0x89abcdef,0xefefefef" # Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only) GRUB_TERMINAL=console # The resolution used on graphical terminal # note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE # you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo' #GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 # Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux #GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true # Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries #GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true" # Uncomment to get a beep at grub start #GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"