Originally posted by rberry88
What is the difference between typing init x (where x is the run level you want) and telinit x to change run levels??
does just that.... it tells init
what to do
"It takes a one-character argument and signals init to perform the appropriate action."
"telinit can also tell init how long it should wait between sending processes the SIGTERM and SIGKILL signals. The default is 5 seconds, but this can be changed with the -t sec option."