I’m trying to install NVIDIA video drivers on opensuse 12.3, but can’t because I get an error message stating that I must shutdown the X server before proceeding with the installation. I’ve tried “init 3” and “gdm stop” command-line to shutdown X but it did not work. I’m doing this from terminal pulled up by [Ctrl] [Alt] [F1]. Any help would be appreciated.
> I normally do “telinit 3” for that. But “init 3” should be equivalent.
Unless I’m mistaken, you have to log out all active users then chose a
terminal session from the logon screen. At least, that’s what I wound up
using the last couple of times I needed a “clean” machine for something. As
I remember it, issuing a “users” command from the Alt-F1 session showed the
users that existed before the switch a being still active.
Just tried it and my user ID was still active - which means that X was
running - and Alt-F7 took me back to the users session as I had remembered.
If you need X shut dwon, you pretty much have to logout all users then
invoke the terminal session.