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Re: Bug#2916: sysvinit & single boot == broken

On Mon, 6 May 1996, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:

> 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.

Maybe this should be documented better... (Read "somewhere else") All the
people bred on Slackware (at least) are used to have "single" drop them
more or less straight into a shell. It'd be nice to have a short file
containing the kinds of details installed with base... The sysadmin could
then be pointed to it after setting up root's password in the install. Or
maybe we could just tell the sysadmin about "emergency" then.

Hmm...  Does "linux emergency" try to invoke "sulogin" if the password
file is ok, or does it really drop people straight into a root shell? IMHO
the former would be better... Because otherwise bothering to invoke
sulogin for "linux single" it pointless; 'evil people' will just learn to
try "linux emergency" too.


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