moving back to an old version

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Aug 17 09:57:56 UTC 2015

Probably easier, sudo chmod 666 /etc/init/gdm.conf
That removes the execute bit permission from that file but leaves it in 

On Mon, 17 Aug 2015, Willem van der Walt wrote:

> Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:24:36
> From: Willem van der Walt <wvdwalt at>
> Reply-To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> To: Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at>
> Subject: Re: moving back to an old version
> Hi,
> You can move /etc/init/gdm.conf away from /etc/init directory and X will not 
> start.
> The reason why inittab and all its assosiated goodies disappeared is because 
> a company called SCO Linux wanted to get some money from other people using 
> system v or whatever that was called.
> They had a patent on that stuff.
> I do not think they ever got anything, but the rest of the Unix suppliers 
> developed their own startup mecanisms in response to SCO's threts.
> Obviously, if it is not gdm that starts the gui, it will be another .conf 
> file in /etc/init that you will have to remove.
> HTH, Willem
> On Sun, 16 Aug 2015, Tim Chase wrote:
>> On August 16, 2015, Kristoffer Gustafsson wrote:
>>> I don't really care about the security.
>> Okay, then at least with that in mind, you should be able to explore
>> and play around.
>>> My first Project now is to dissable gnome at startup.
>>> Do you Think I will manage it?
>>> I've read about, and it doesn't seem to be hard at all.
>> It depends on what you mean by "disable Gnome".  If you want to run X
>> at start-up but use a different window-manager, you can do that.
>> Alternatively, you can swap out the "gdm" (Gnome Display Manager) for
>> a different one such as "kdm" (KDE's display manager), "xdm", or
>> "slim".  Finally, if you don't want X to start a display-manager
>> automatically at boot, you can specify a fake one by
>> modifying /etc/X11/default-display-manager (as root or with sudo) with
>> a non-existent name such as "none".
>> In some older iterations, they were set up so that one run-level had
>> the GUI while others didn't, so you would edit (as root or with sudo)
>> your /etc/initab and change the "initdefault" line to specify "3" for
>> "standard multi-user mode with networking" instead of "5" (same as 3
>> but also start the display-manager for the GUI).  I'm not sure why
>> Debian departed from this industry standard.  So the "right" way to
>> do this in Unix-likes should be to set this to 3 and be done with
>> it.  Except it doesn't work in Debian.
>> -tim
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