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Starting and Stopping Gnome — You don’t need to reboot! April 4, 2007

Posted by amazingrando in Linux Tips.
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Everyone tells me that Ubuntu, like other *NIX operating systems are great because you rarely need to reboot. Today I figured out just how true that is. I was updating the Nvidia driver and I needed to stop the X server, in this case Ubuntu’s Gnome Desktop (GDM). By doing this the whole system is still running, but the window manager is shutdown and you’re just in a command line. After saving any open files, you can do this as easily as running the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

Once you’re done you can start it back up again by doing almost the same command:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start

Doing the latter will bring up Ubuntu’s window environment, the Gnome desktop, and you’ll be back to where you were. All of this without having to reboot!

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