change runlevel at boot time not working

jludwig wralphie at
Tue Jul 27 17:24:44 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-07-27 at 10:27, akonstam at wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 26, 2004 at 05:09:41PM -0500, Whil Hentzen wrote:
> > I have X (GNOME and KDE) installed, but I'd like to boot to the command prompt 
> > directly, without having to go to the GUI and then get out.
> > 
> > The RH9 manual (the best doc I can find) says to go to the Graphical GRUB boot 
> > loader screen, type e to edit it, arrow down to the kernel line, type e to 
> > edit it, at the prompt, type the number of the runlevel (e.g. 3), press Enter 
> > to get back to the GRUB screen, type b to boot.
> > 
> > When I do so, I get a kernel panic. The last line on the screen suggests to 
> > use 'init= option". I try that instead of just '3'. Same kernel panic.
> > 
> > I don't want to edit inittab. I just want to choose which runlevel to get into 
> > during booting. I'm sure it's trivial and in the manual somewhere... but my 
> > eyes haven't found it yet.
> > 
> > -- 
> I am not sure what you are doing wrong but I would try the a option
> which will do what you want to do more quickly and directly.
> The kernel panic I suspect from the fact that when you are editing the line
> you are screwing up the  root=LABEL=/ entry on the line so the root
> option does not match the entry for the root partition in the fstab
> file.
> -- 
> -------------------------------------------
> Aaron Konstam
> Computer Science
> Trinity University
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There is a possibility that some scripts in /etc/rc.d.init.d are bungled
(damaged) or out of sequence.
jludwig <wralphie at>

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