> > Hi,
> > I am inside of xdm right now. I can't get out. Every time I try to
> > kill the processes, XDM locks up which forces me to hard re-boot....you
> > can imagine my dismay when I have to do that. So while I am trpped here
> > I have searched through the XDM MAN pages. I noticed under "controlling
> > the server" that I can kill the XDM process. Maybe I am misunderstanding
> > something here but if someone can come to my rescue I'd owe them my
> > freedom...thanks.
> it sounds like you are "inside of" X, i.e. you posted this message,
> correct? If what you mean is you don't want to boot up in X, the thing
> to do is go in (as root) and edit inittab to change to a run level that
> does not start xdm. which level to use depends on your version of Linux,
> but usually it will be self-evident once you get into the file.
> good luck
Or, if you want to stay in your current init level (Do you
understand those? Unix has 6 init levels basically. Typing 'init
0' as root will shut the machine down. 1 brings the machine into
single user mode (no net,gfx), 3 (in linux) is multi user, 6 is a
So, presuming that you're using 3 like most linux's I've seen,
cd /etc/rc.d/rc3.d (it might differ slightly, look for rc3.d
to the init level 3 and look for something like S90xdm.
All of those files in there link back to ../init.d where the
files are actually
kept. The number basically represents the order in which these
are called, smaller numbers get called first.
mv S90xdm out.S90xdm
That way, the xdm script won't get called.
E. Kevin Hall