[CentOS] X-Windows Login

Al Sparks data345 at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 31 02:51:37 UTC 2008

Alex <ethericalzen at gmail.com> said:

> On Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:41:57 -0700 (PDT)
> Al Sparks <data345 at yahoo.com> took out a #2 pencil and scribbled:
>> I have a server with all the x-windows stuff installed.  But it's
>> giving me a text based login prompt on the console.
>> I can log onto the console, and run
>>    gnome-session
>> and GNOME comes up fine.  How do I turn it on so that I get a
>> X-Window GUI login prompt?
>>  === Al
> What runlevel are you in? If X is installed but you're booting (or
> running) at runlevel 3 you will not have a graphical login.
> To see what runlevel you are in try 'runlevel' without quotes. This
> will tell you what you are currently in. If you wish to see the
> graphical login run 'telinit 5' without quotes which will start it
> up for you. You will need to be root (or use sudo) to do this.
> Be aware that changing runlevels may start services you did not
> have started in the previous runlevel. It may also stop services
> that you did have running in the previous runlevel. Be mindful of
> those services.
> You can edit the various runlevels and also view what runs in each
> one by using 'ntsysv --level n' n would be the level in question.
> For instance, 'ntsysv --level 3' will show you and allow you to
> edit what starts. You may also use chkconfig to accomplish this.
> If you want to change the default runlevel for your machine you'll
> need to edit /etc/inittab and change the line id:3:initdefault:
> (this entry may differ in the number displayed)
> to id:5:initdefault: (this runlevel starts X11 on boot).
> Alex White

Thanks.  That worked.  It was at init 3, and init 5 gave me the
behaviour I wanted.
   === Al

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