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  • How to change the default runlevel of your Linux machine

    By default when you install a linux operating sustem with GUI you are logged into the graphical user interface rather than CLI (Command Line Interface). So what if you directly want to login to CLI instead of GUI. Is it possible?

    Yes it is possible

    If you want to switch to CLI then it is all about terminals. In Red Hat the default graphical terminal is tty7 and for some SUSE machines I have observed the default graphical terminal is tty8 so it might vary but that would not be a problem.

    NOTE:Before going further I would assume that you have a good idea about all the run levels in Linux as I won't be explaining much about them in this post.

    To check the current run level
    # runlevel
    N 5M

    # who -r
    run-level 5 2012-09-28 11:21

    So this means I am currently in run level 5 which is used for GUI and CLI.

    To change the default run level of your linux machine just type the runlevel you want to be in using this format# init 3This will take you to CLI

    # init 5This will take you to GUI

    Once you switch your runlevel you can check your last run level using this command
    # runlevel
    3 5

    According to this you just switched your machine from runlevel 3 to runlevel 5

    But again using init every time is not a good idea if you want to be in CLI after you reboot your machine so to make permanent changes, change the default run level
    # vi /etc/inittab
    Default runlevel. The runlevels used are:
    # 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
    # 1 - Single user mode
    # 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
    # 3 - Full multiuser mode
    # 4 - unused
    # 5 - X11
    Here 5 denotes the default runlevel where you are taken after your system reboots. So if you want to login to CLI directly after reboot then change the runlevel to 3

    Reboot your machine to make the changes affect.

    To check the current terminal you are logged on
    # tty

    If you want to change your terminal from GUI to CLI without affecting the current session then press Ctrl+Alt+F1, This will switch you to another terminal having CLI

    You can do the same from F1 to F12 using Ctrl+Alt

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    How to change the default runlevel of your Linux machine How to change the default runlevel of your Linux machine Reviewed by admin on Friday, September 28, 2012 Rating: 5

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