Re: PROPOSAL: standard run levels (draft 1)
Robert Current wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
> > > Runlevel 5 has recently become widely used outside the Linux world to
> > > indicate machine shutoff. I guess it should halt if the machine isn't
> > > capable of shutting itself off. This would push xdm down into
> > > runlevel 4.
> > We should not change this. Too many Linux books tell you about run level 5.
> > Having everyone reboot their server as they thumb through Linux for the clueless
> > will not win friends
> This is a good reason, I agree.
> It presents one of two possable ways to go. Both of which should have a
> little debate of the merits of each before a final decision is made.
> One possability: Find the most common run levels in all Linux
> distributions, and leave those in place. Then shuffle the rest of them
> to fit. For example, if all distributions use 5 for xdm, then keep 5 as
> xdm (but Debian doesn't use it that way). If five distributions have
> the same run level 4, keep it... etc.
> Here is what I know is in use now:
> Red Hat Uses:
> # 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
> # 1 - Single user mode
> # 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have
> # 3 - Full multiuser mode
> # 4 - unused
> # 5 - X11
> # 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
> Debian Uses:
> # Runlevel 0 is halt.
> # Runlevel 1 is single-user.
> # Runlevels 2-5 are multi-user.
> # Runlevel 6 is reboot.
> Documented, but, in fact
> Runlevel 2 - multiuser networked
> XDM isn't run level 4, I think it's 3 ?
> 0 - HALT
> S - Single User Mode
> 1 - MultiUser un-networked
> 2 - Multiuser networked
> 3 - XDM
> 4 - Unused
> 5 - Unused
> 6 - Reboot
> The second possability...
> Structure it logically.
> Shutdown and Reboot right next to eachother
> UnNetworked next to each other
> Networked together
0 - halt
1 - single user - un-networked
2 - multiuser - un-networked
3 - single user - networked (would be new, security risk, running as
root networked, unadvized. Therefore, I would suggest leaving this as
the unused one. But for logic sake, unused should be 3)
4 - multiuser networked
5 - X multiuser networked (previously XDM, but with other options,
should just be a generic X multiuser networked now)
6 - Reboot
Logical, and conforms to several de-facto standards... ?
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