[Techtalk] Red Hat 9 boot into command line

Tamara Harpster tamara.harpster at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 04:25:04 EST 2005

As a note, if you do inadvertently set the init state to 0, you can
boot off CD-ROM or some other device, edit the file to set it back and
reboot. And no, I won't go into the detail of how I know how to do
that. ;-)


On Apr 10, 2005 10:16 PM, R. Daneel Olivaw <linuxchix at r-daneel.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> > In Debian the default runlevel is set in /etc/inittab. It's probably
> > the same for red hat, though I wouldn't know cause I don't have access
> > to a red hat box.
> Go ahead, as far as I know, ALL linux systems (and those proprietary
> ones) rely on /etc/inittab to know the default runlevel. Also, all
> Redhat systems I encountered use it.
> The only workaround is to specify the wanted runlevel on the kernel
> command line at boot time.
> If you wish to switch back and fourth between runlevels, use 'init X'
> where X stands for the desired runlevel. Keep in mind that level 0
> halts the system and runlevel 6 stands for 'reboot', so never set
> those in inittab ;)
> Init level 1 (also 'S' or 's') stands for single user mode : just one
> root shell, no services etc.
> bye,
> R. Daneel Olivaw,
> The Human Robot Inside.
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