Bug#2916: sysvinit & single boot == broken
You (Craig Sanders) wrote:
> Package: sysvinit
> Version: 2.60-1
> Quick Summary
> sysvinit runs way too much crap when booting in single user mode.
> When the LILO prompt came up again, I entered "linux single" to force
> single user mode. Imagine my surprise when "fsck -A" started running
> again. At this point I had a nasty sinking feeling, knowing that
> without a lot of stuffing around I wasn't going to be able to get a
> THERE WAS NO POSSIBLE WAY FOR ME TO GET A SHELL PROMPT WHICH I COULD HAVE
> USED TO REPAIR MY /USR PARTITION!
Ofcourse you cannot read the manual anymore at this point, but entering
"linux emergency" or "linux -b" (as on SunOS 4.1.x) instead of
"linux single" would have gotten you a shell straight from init, before
running _anything_ whatsoever.
See the section "BOOTFLAGS" in the init manual page.
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