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Old 04-12-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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Can't boot in single user mode with GRUB on RedHat 9.0


I'm trying to boot in single user mode using GRUB 0.93 on RedHat 9.0.
I've read a lot of posts about that here, and tried everyting in them
to no avail. Grub is not password protected and I haven't touched any
configuration file since the installation. Here's what I do:

- Boot the computer
- When Grub appears, I choose RedHat (the only choice anyway) and press e to edit.
- I select the line
kernel /vmlinux- ro root=LABEL=/
- then press e to edit
- I add " single" to the end of the line, so that it becomes
kernel /vmlinux- ro root=LABEL=/ single
- I press Enter - my changes are applied
- I then press b to boot

The computer then boots normally in runlevel 3 (my default). No single user mode.
I also tried adding "s", "S", "1", "init=single", "init=1", "init=s" and "init=S"
instead of "single" at the end of the line (without the quotes of course): same
thing, I always end up booting normally in runlevel 3.

I searched on the Net for the solution, all I see everywhere is the method I
just described, with a different word to add at the end of the kernel line...
That's why I tried them all!

If I log in as root and do "init 1", it works but I really want to have this
working through grub.

Any thoughts?

Thanks a lot!

Old 04-12-2006, 07:18 PM   #2
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Try using init 1 or just plain 1 instead of single on the kernel line.


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