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how to hide the linux booting messages?

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 I am thinking build a linux hard disk from red hat 7.0 distribution.
but I wish I can make all  the booting messages disppear when that linux boot up.
and then go to a X window background screen without gnome desktop.
but most difficult part for me is how to hide all the booting messages?
is there any simple way to do this? thanks!
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most messages can simply be commented out in the rc-scripts, depending on your distribution they are in /sbin/init.d or /etc/init.d (see the echo commands there).
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Can you tell me about the solution more detailly?
At red hat 6.2 and 7.0 I didn't see any file called rc-scripts. and at redhat 7.0 /etc/init.d I found many files in there but no "rc-scripts" there. Thanks!
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all files in /etc/init.d
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I believe it should be /etc/rc.d/init.d for Redhat 6.2
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yes startup script files are under your /etc/rc.d/init.d and dkloes RH6.2 comes with a link so if you type /etc/init.d it will take you to /etc/rc.d/init.d

academic,
write a quick script  to remove all lines with echo and you should be set.

for your second part, you can choose xdm and viola.
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I'm curious as to why you want to get rid of the messages.  They eventually just disappear when you start X, right?  Are they distracting?

Even if you eliminate all the messages generated by startup scripts, you'll have a few screenfuls of messages from the kernel before the first startup script runs.  So if just cutting down on messages wouldn't help, you don't have a solution yet.

You can make those messages go to a serial port (but offhand, I don't know how).  And it would probably work if the serial port were just not connected to anything.
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    Make your disk using corel linux it's already MS-WINDOWS alike, hidding all the booting messages, if not, at least you can look how they've done it.
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OK, that made me wonder.  I investigated, and there is a boot parameter "quiet" which gets rid of those kernel messages at startup.  So if you're booting with LILO, put the line "append = quiet" in /etc/lilo.conf.

That sets the initial console log level to 4, which means only warning messages and worse will go to the console.

You still have to deal with the messages from the startup scripts.
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     Very nice bryanh...
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