init problem with Intrepid

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Oct 30 17:11:20 UTC 2008

Mark Haney wrote:

> Rashkae wrote:
>> Mark Haney wrote:
>>> Or, at the grub prompt edit the kernel= line in grub and add '3' (minus
>>> quotes) to the end.
>> that won't work in Unbutu since init was replaced with Upstart.  (Unless
>> you hack the start-up scripts to check for runlevel in the boot
>> parameters, but by default, Ubuntu only checks for single user mode.
> Seriously?  Even on F9 that works and it uses Upstart.  Good Lord, so is
> there ANY way to drop to a certain RL from grub WITHOUT having a rescue
> CD?  (Besides, single user mode.)

No, not seriously.  Rashkae's right, for the wrong reasons :-)

It won't work on a stock Ubuntu, because Ubuntu like Debian has always made
init levels 2-5 do the same thing, and init 3 is going to start X, too. 
Otherwise, sure you can use telinit, but the only useful place to go from
here is init 1.  You could, I guess, just remove /etc/rc3.d/S*dm, and
telinit 3.

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