Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ubuntu Linux - Change from GUI mode to Command line / Text mode

Simple stuff - just documenting my learnings

So here's how we change Ubuntu from its usual GUI mode to the Command line mode (black screen / text mode)

Note : If"sudo" is used before a command, then you will have to enter root password.

  • Open the Terminal, and cd /etc/default
  • Open the "grub" file in vi editor as root : sudo vi grub
  • Change the property GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT from "quiet splash" to "text". See below
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    • #GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT = "quiet splash"
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  • Run this command to update grub : sudo update-grub
  • Reboot Ubuntu : sudo /sbin/reboot
On reboot, you should be able to see the command-line screen instead of GUI.

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