textonly parameter has no effect when booting from usb-stick

Bug #504103 reported by Mr. X on 2010-01-07
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
casper (Ubuntu)
Medium
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: casper

I'm trying to boot from a usb flash drive without starting X. The manpage (http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/karmic/en/man7/casper.7.html) says that there is a parameter called 'textonly' - but when I add this parameter to the standard boot options list proposed when using the "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer" -> F6 (other options) -> ESC, it boots into the graphical mode.

The original boot options list (hopefully without typos):
noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persisent file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash --
My edited list:
noprompt cdrom-detect/try-usb=true persisent file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash -- textonly

On the other hand, if I use the paramater `text` instead of `textonly`, which doesn't seem to be documented anywhere, it seems to work. So is this just an error in the documentation (textonly = text) or does `text` something completely different I'm not aware of and `textonly` is defect?

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$ lsb_release -rd

Description: Ubuntu 9.10
Release: 9.10

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Kazuhiro NISHIYAMA (znz) wrote :

scripts/casper-bottom/25configure_init will remove /root/etc/rc?.d/[SK]??[gkx]dm, but gdm uses /etc/init/gdm.conf instead of /etc/rc?.d/[SK]??[gkx]dm.

Thus "textonly" boot parameter does not work.

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

I recreated this using an 11.10 Live CD and booting with textonly and only-ubiquity.

Changed in casper (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Alex Perez (aperez-6) wrote :

I just ran into this (maddening) bug, and found this when searching for the issue. has this really not been resolved in the intervening 4+ years? In my case, neither 'textonly' nor 'text' seem to work.

David Ward (dpward) wrote :

The following boot option seems to work on an Ubuntu 16.04 live CD:

systemd.unit=multi-user.target

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