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    Default install a command line only opensuse

    Is it possible to install a minimal,command line only version of opensuse? This was extremely easy on ubuntu, and I liked being able to build my system more from scratch than the normal installations provide. Any ideas? Thanks!

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    Default Re: install a command line only opensuse

    pythonscript wrote:
    > Is it possible to install a minimal,command line only version of
    > opensuse? This was extremely easy on ubuntu, and I liked being able to
    > build my system more from scratch than the normal installations provide.
    > Any ideas? Thanks!


    I have done it several times. You can do it with the DVD or the
    network install. No GUI is one of the options.

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    Default Re: install a command line only opensuse

    When asked what desktop you want, choose Other and one of the options is text only.

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    Where is that option? I'm looking to perform the installation without installing any desktop environment. I don't want kde/gnome,etc, just the command line. No X server either. I'm not talking about a text-based installation process, but a final installed product that's text based. Thanks!

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    Didn't see your post before mine went in, ken_yap. Thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: install a command line only opensuse

    And I'll add that Opensuse is quite suitable for this. Text-mode Yast is very similar in function to the GUI version of Yast.

    You'll like it.

    And by the way, if you've already installed Opensuse with a GUI, you don't necessarily have to reinstall. As long as you have plenty of hard drive space, the GUI will just sit there doing no real harm. In a root termin, edit the /etc/inittab file. Look for this line:

    Code:
    # The default runlevel is defined here
    id:5:initdefault:
    Change that to

    Code:
    # The default runlevel is defined here
    id:3:initdefault:
    I.e., change to default runlevel 3, which is text-only. This way, if you ever do want the GUI for a temporary task, you can simply enter "init 5" at a terminal prompt.
    Last edited by smpoole7; 05-Sep-2009 at 18:50. Reason: My socks were too tight when I originally posted

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    Default Re: install a command line only opensuse

    Quote Originally Posted by smpoole7 View Post
    if you ever do want the GUI for a temporary task, you can simply enter "init 5" at a terminal prompt.
    Or just enter "startx" at the terminal prompt. That would leave the runlevel at 3.
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