start X in background without it taking over the console?

CyberLeo Kitsana cyberleo at
Wed May 11 11:07:03 UTC 2011

On 05/11/2011 05:36 AM, Chris Telting wrote:
> I already do... I'm want to automate it.  Every other virtual screen
> terminal can start without grabbing the console, I don't want X to
> either.  I do development and I suffer crashes.  I want to do work while
> it boots up for a couple minutes and I'm tired of manually switching
> back to text mode.  It's gets annoying the 200th time.

You could script it right after X starts, as such:

vidcontrol -s 1 # Equivalent to Alt-F1

I don't think X is currently designed to start without initializing the
graphics hardware, though, so the initial vt change is probably
unavoidable. Perhaps once KMS trickles down?

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