On Thu 13 Oct 2016 at 14:08:03 -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
You only need one of these. Which one did you use?
> the installation, however, and got a command prompt after booting. I
This is what you would get if you chose not to install a DE when extra
software was offered as part of the install. Looks like you deselected
the option. Is that correct?
> then used TASKSEL to download Gnome. This succeeded; but, on rebooting,
> I still got a command prompt.
What command did you use to download GNOME?
> 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.
Which documentation is this? Please give its exact location on your
> The current version of Debian, however, does not have a file INITTAB
Correct. The init system is systemd; systemd doesn't use inittab.
> under /ETC. How do I get Debian to boot to Gnome, currently, and not to
> a command prompt?
Answers to the queries here could help you achieve your objective.