Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.

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Yes. At the login screen, login as >console with an admin password.

To get the user name field, open the Login Options in System Preferences and change the default login window display option:

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  • Gotta try this.
    – zneak
    Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 18:02
  • Never thought you could! You get my vote.
    – zneak
    Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 18:06
  • nice one! never thought of that Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 18:57
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    Nice! It worked with my own password, although I had to use >console without space after greater-than symbol. Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 19:35
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    +1, interesting. Additional limitations: Only works when no user is already logged in. And you obviously need to have "Name and password" (instead of "List of users") selected in Accounts -> Login Options.
    – Jonik
    Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 20:10

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