I don't want to start up an X server at all, I just want to play on a text console. Is this possible?

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Yes. You need to change the print mode to TEXT

Linux/OS X users may also use PRINT_MODE:TEXT for primitive ncurses output.


This is located in the ./df/data/init/init.txt file.

  • Thanks. Is there any way to avoid installing the GTK shared lib? Oct 15, 2010 at 16:36
  • @Alex I don't think so. I believe it's statically linked so it has to be there to run. Someone who writes more C than I do can correct that.
    – C. Ross
    Oct 15, 2010 at 16:48

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