Bug 160184 - System fails to boot into single user mode
System fails to boot into single user mode
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Steve Grubb
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Reported: 2005-06-13 01:11 EDT by James Morris
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-06-13 17:09:45 EDT
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Description James Morris 2005-06-13 01:11:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
When specifying single user mode via the grub kernel command line, the system boots instead into runlevel 3 (the default on my system).

This is on an FC4 minimal install, with some fc dev rpms installed and upgraded to latest rawhide as of Saturday.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Specify single user mode at grub prompt, kernel command line '1' or 'single'

Actual Results:  System comes up in runlevel 3

Expected Results:  System comes up in runlevel 1

Additional info:

Excerpted boot log:

root (hd0,0)
 Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1381_FC5smp ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 console=t
ty1 console=ttyS0,115200 1 audit=0 selinux=0
   [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1e00, size=0x17a203]
initrd /initrd-2.6.11-1.1381_FC5smp.img
   [Linux-initrd @ 0x37e36000, 0x1b9fc4 bytes]

Linux version 2.6.11-1.1381_FC5smp (bhcompile@tweety.build.redhat.com) (gcc version 4.0.0 20050606 (Red Hat 4.0.0-11)) #1 SMP Thu Ju
n 9 21:13:54 EDT 2005


Enabling swap space:  [  OK  ]
INIT: Entering runlevel: 1
Entering non-interactive startup
Calling the system activity data collector (sadc): 
Telling INIT to go to single useINIT: Sending processes the KILL signal
INIT: Entering runlevel: 

Comment 1 James Morris 2005-06-13 01:12:56 EDT
Last line of boot log should be:

INIT: Entering runlevel: 3
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2005-06-13 16:30:35 EDT
Assigning auditwards based on something James said on IRC. Please flip back if
something else is going on here.
Comment 3 Steve Grubb 2005-06-13 16:50:16 EDT
The audit daemon acts like any other daemon. It doesn't do anything special at
boot. It doesn't in anyway affect the runlevel as mentioned. It can take the
system to Single User mode if its out of logging space and its configured to do
so, but that's not the default config...nor is that the problem being reported.
This problem lies somewhere else.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2005-06-13 17:09:45 EDT
Can't reproduce this here on a minimal install (targeted policy) upgraded to

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