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I just installed Arch Linux with Gnome and gdm is set to boot into gnome as soon as it boots. But I realized that the barebone gnome package that I installed doesn't include a terminal or a text editor so I can't install anything further or modify the rc.conf file to make it boot without gdm.

Is there a way for me to kill x from the Gnome interface?

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Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys ? – ukanth Jul 4 '10 at 10:56
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You should be able to do Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to a virtual terminal. Or just install a text editor.

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