How to boot Linux Mint to the console by default?

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How to boot Linux Mint to the console by default? (that is, the run level 3).

2 methods introduced here to boot Linux Mint to console/command line.

Method 1 (may only work for earlier releases; check method 2 below): set kernel option.

Edit /etc/default/grub and add text to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash text"

Then, re-generate grub configuration file:

sudo update-grub2

Method 2: remove mdm.

Linux Mint uses mdm as the display manager. To boot to console (not graphical), you can remove the mdm:

sudo aptitude remove mdm mint-mdm-themes

If you like, you can clean up other stuffs used by mdm (not required though):

sudo rm -fr /usr/share/mdm
sudo aptitude remove plymouth-label plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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