Disable ubuntu desktop 17.10  GUI and startup with command only

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i need to disable ubuntu desktop 17.10  GUI and startup with command or tty only
i googled for this and i found that i need to run this command
sudo systemctl stop lightdm.service
but i got error the lightdm is not available
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This means... lightdm is not available, so you're using some other window manager.

You can used the following command to list all installed packages + apply various grep's to locate any window manager installed...

dpkg -l | egrep -e window -e manager

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Or something similar.
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Removing gui components IMHO is unnecessary,
You can install rcconfig or use telinit to lower the runlevel one level from current (GUI I think is 3) to 2 will achieve what you want.
Confirm runlevel befor setting the new run level....

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@David Favor
thanks
the command result

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ii  gir1.2-networkmanager-1.0:amd64            1.8.4-1ubuntu3                              amd64        GObject introspection data for the libnm-glib/libnm-util library
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ii  libnewt0.52:amd64                          0.52.18-3ubuntu3                            amd64        Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit - text mode windowing with slang
ii  libpam-systemd:amd64                       234-2ubuntu12.1                             amd64        system and service manager - PAM module
ii  libproxy1-plugin-networkmanager:amd64      0.4.14-3                                    amd64        automatic proxy configuration management library (Network Manager plugin)
ii  modemmanager                               1.6.8-1                                     amd64        D-Bus service for managing modems
ii  mutter                                     3.26.1-2ubuntu2                             amd64        lightweight GTK+ window manager
ii  mutter-common                              3.26.1-2ubuntu2                             all          shared files for the Mutter window manager
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ii  network-manager                            1.8.4-1ubuntu3                              amd64        network management framework (daemon and userspace tools)
ii  network-manager-config-connectivity-ubuntu 1.8.4-1ubuntu3                              all          NetworkManager configuration to enable connectivity checking
ii  network-manager-gnome                      1.8.4-1ubuntu1                              amd64        network management framework (GNOME frontend)
ii  network-manager-pptp                       1.2.4-4                                     amd64        network management framework (PPTP plugin core)
ii  network-manager-pptp-gnome                 1.2.4-4                                     amd64        network management framework (PPTP plugin GNOME GUI)
ii  python3-update-manager                     1:17.10.11                                  all          python 3.x module for update-manager
ii  systemd                                    234-2ubuntu12.1                             amd64        system and service manager
ii  systemd-sysv                               234-2ubuntu12.1                             amd64        system and service manager - SysV links
ii  tk                                         8.6.0+9                                     amd64        Toolkit for Tcl and X11 (default version) - windowing shell
ii  tk8.6                                      8.6.7-1ubuntu1                              amd64        Tk toolkit for Tcl and X11 v8.6 - windowing shell
ii  update-manager                             1:17.10.11                                  all          GNOME application that manages apt updates
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systemctl list-unit-files | grep enabled might provide a better clue of what's actually enabled on your system.

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thanks all nothing help
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Commented:
What happened when sudo telinit 2
try this combination key
disable GUI CTRL+ALT+F3
enable GUI CTRL+ALT+F1
systemctl set-default multi-user.target

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