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Single-user mode made easy System
This is a follow-up to the hint about using <Cmd>-S during boot-up to go to single-user mode.

Well, I go to single-user mode to run fsck, the UNIX disk checking tool and I noticed on my Wall Street PB that <Cmd>-s would work sometimes but not consistently.

As an old UNIX geek I was trying different, more reliable ways to get to single-user mode from the Terminal and found this one almost by accident:

1. su to root (or use sudo)
2. Run the command "shutdown now" (without the quotes, of course.)

After a bit of pondering, OS X will quietly and consistently shutdown to single-user mode. A quick 'reboot' and you're back in Aqua.

Man, I love this OS!
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Single user?
Authored by: ClaF on Apr 07, '01 08:14:59AM

Ok, I'm very ignorant but... What's the single user mode? Advantages?

Thank you,
ClaF :)



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Drive utility
Authored by: robg on Apr 07, '01 09:00:10AM

That "fsck" program mentioned in the hint (it checks your hard drives for errors and tries to fix them) only runs in single user mode. Prior to this tip, the accepted way of getting there was to restart the computer and hit cmd-S during boot. This seems much easier!

-rob.



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