Linux: Single user modeΒΆ

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Author:Douglas O’Leary <>
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Date created:02/2000
Date updated:10/02/2015
Disclaimer:Standard: Use the information that follows at your own risk. If you screw up a system, don’t blame it on me...

(10/02/15) REALLY flipping old. I can’t remember when linux bailed from LILO in favor of grub, but I know it’s been awhile... I’m getting old...

There’s a couple of ways to get into single user mode. # init 1 works like it does on all systems. What I’m more concerned with is how to boot into single user mode in case I have to fix problems.

You can supply one of two flags to the LILO boot sequence. For the sake of arugment, the default lilo boot lable is ${l}

  1. LILO: ${l} single

    Boots the syste into single user mode, after executing most of the bootup rc scripts. Looks like the only ones not run are network related.

  2. LILO: ${l} emergency

    Boots the system straight into single user mode without running any of the startup scripts.