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Stopping kdm (or gdm) from running at startup

Posted by grigsby on October 11, 2009

Situation: I have a system that spends most of it’s time running as a server but occasionally I need a GUI so KDE is installed. 95% of the time I don’t want KDE or even KDM eating resources. When I want it, it’s easy enough to launch from a command line on demand. How do I remove it from the start up. Easy way is to start deleting files from the rc.* directories. The approved way appears to be the following:

sudo update-rc.d -f kdm remove

To add it back:
sudo update-rc.d kdm defaults

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