i have disabled OSMC at boot but how do i get my device to boot into the command line.
What have you disabled? OSMC is the whole system, not just a part of it.
See the Wiki for enabling a console on boot
Then you can enable a getty
sudo systemctl disable mediacenter
that was the command i have used to disable the gui of it
sudo systemctl enable firstname.lastname@example.org is probably what you want.
that was exactly what i was looking for thank you sam