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It turns out that my init command is in /usr/sbin and that folder is not in my path and should be.
Well I think it should be.
So I got init 3 to work but it doesnt drop me at a command prompt it runs through a list of services it kills but then sort ends in limbo and just sits there.
I think this has something to do with the services in each run level. I was playing around with that stuff to get rid of crap I dont need on a workstation like sendmail and other server oriented services.
You could have logged into another virtual terminal by doing alt-f2 (or any number till 6), you would be dropped to a console and either run "init 3" again or if your system was already in runlevel 3, you could have continued with what you wanted to do without a reboot.