How to boot Linux Mint to the console by default?

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

asked Sep 1, 2014 by Eric Z Ma (44,280 points)

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

Method 1: 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
answered Sep 1, 2014 by Eric Z Ma (44,280 points)
edited Sep 2, 2014 by Eric Z Ma

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