Getting the temperature data in the non-graphics mode ?

Is there absolutely no way of getting the nvidia temperature data in the non-graphics mode ?
(To get the non-graphics mode, I changed the /etc/inittab mode to 3 to disable WatchDog timer)

By using the nvidia-settings utility with appropriate flags, I can make it print the GPU temperature in the command line when the computer is using X (graphics mode).

Is there simple way to just disable watchdog timer in Linux without disabling X ?

Has anyone used lm-sensors ?

Thank you

Use the nvidia-smi utility. It will give you a log-file that you can parse for the temperature. Be ware of its costly startup so. If you want to continuously run it make you of its continuous mode.