Silent boot

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This page is for those who prefer to limit the verbosity of their system to a strict minimum, either for aesthetics or other reasons. Following this guide will remove all text from the bootup process. Video demonstration


Your /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg should look something like:

$ grep APPEND /boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg | head -n1
APPEND root=/dev/sda1 ro 5 init=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd quiet vga=current

vga=current is the kernel argument that avoid weird behaviours like flash grey.

Configure your systemd getty service as described upon Automatic_login_to_virtual_console.

$ grep Exec /etc/systemd/system/autologin\@.service
ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty -n -i -a YOUR_USERNAME %I

To remove lastlog message you need to comment out lastlog in /etc/pam.d/login:

#session                optional

To hide any kernel messages from the console add or modify the kernel.printk line like the following:

$ grep ^kernel.printk /etc/sysctl.conf 
kernel.printk = 3 3 3 3

To hide startx messages, you could redirect its output to /dev/null, like so:

[[ $(fgconsole 2>/dev/null) == 1 ]] && exec startx -- vt1 &> /dev/null

Outstanding Issues: