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Re: And now for something completely different... etch!

On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 07:58:32PM +0200, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 03:34:26PM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > 
> > Nobody. However, you're assuming that xdm et al will keep trying to
> > start an X server, even if it fails. Luckily, the respective initscripts
> > are far more clever than that.
> I've had a laptop that froze because of X starting up and using the wrong
> driver to access the card (some of the embedded graphic cards in laptops
> are really crappy). The only way to fix this was to startup with a rescue
> CD and preventing xdm from running with an 'exit 0' in its initd script (or
> by removing its links). At the time, I would have appreciated the
> opportunity to bootup in a runlevel that wouldn't try to start up the X
> environment until I had fixed the issue.

Now, that is why we have runlevel 1. But in most cases, wasting
runlevels to things that could just as easily be fixed by ending the
attempts to start is silly.

The amount of time between slipping on the peel and landing on the
pavement is precisely one bananosecond

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