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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: [solved] Force startup without X / interactive mode Reply with quote

Hello,

I somehow managed to hose my system. Now when it starts up the screen flickers and then turn black (starting X I assume). Changing to console with Ctrl+Alt+1 doesn't work either (probably problem with radeon, as far as I remember this never worked), neither does Ctrl-Alt-Del reboot the system.

I remember that Gentoo used to offer an "interactive boot mode" which could be accessed by pressing I, but this doesn't seem to work with OpenRC anymore. Searching the web I also found the kernel options "softlevel=boot", "gentoo=nox" and "single", but none of them have any effect when I add them to the "kernel ...." line in grub.

Does anyone have an idea what I'm doing wrong, or what else I can do to prevent startup of X and go/stay at the console instead? Or starting a minimal system?

Thanks!
Bernd


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have the possibility to boot from a cd or usb stick into a rescue system I think you could chroot into your system (or maybe just mount your partitions) and add rc_interactive="YES" in /etc/rc.conf. Then the interactive boot should be activated and by pressing "i" you can choose again which service should be started. For me that worked.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, the rc_interactive was missing in my rc.conf. Now I found out that the failure isn't caused by X, but by udev, which explaines why the kernel parameters didn't work...
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