16.10. Changing Login from Console to X at Startup
How do I change my login from the console to the graphical
Instead of logging in to your system at the console and typing the
startx command to start the X Window System, you
can configure your system so that you can log in directly to X.
You must edit one file, /etc/inittab, by
changing just one number in the runlevel section. When you are
finished, reboot the computer. The next time you log in, you will have
a graphical login prompt.
Open a shell prompt. If you're in your user account,
su to root by typing
Now, type gedit /etc/inittab to edit the file with
gedit. The file
/etc/inittab will open. Within the first screen,
you will see a section of the file which looks like this:
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
To change from a console to a graphical login, you should change the
number in the line id:3:initdefault: from a
3 to a 5.
Change only the number of the default runlevel
from 3 to 5.
Your changed line should look like the following:
When you are satisfied with your change, save and exit the file using
keys. You will see a message telling you that the file has been
modified, and asking you to confirm your change. Type
[Y] for yes.
Now, your next login after reboot will be from the graphical