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.


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