On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 02:08:03PM -0600, William Lee Valentine wrote:
> I had only the first CD and the first DVD for the current version of
> Debian with which to install Debian on one of my computers. I managed
> the installation, however, and got a command prompt after booting. I
> then used TASKSEL to download Gnome. This succeeded; but, on rebooting,
> I still got a command prompt.
> My documentation tells me to change the value of INITDEFAULT from 3 to 5
> within the file INITTAB, which sits in /ETC. Debian will then boot to
> Gnome, and not the command prompt.
> The current version of Debian, however, does not have a file INITTAB
> under /ETC. How do I get Debian to boot to Gnome, currently, and not to
> a command prompt?
> Thank you for your help.
> -- William Lee Valentine
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Tasksel - you'll need Debian desktop environment AND Gnome.

That should install a few hundred packages.

At that point, it should work correctly and present you with a login manager in 

Hope this helps,


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