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10.4: How to prevent single user mode logins
Authored by: syzygies on Feb 07, '06 07:11:22AM

I've done enough system hacking to be forced to learn my way around single user mode, to clean up ill-considered experiments. However, I also maintain several minimal emergency startup volumes, always available; these are typically where questionable experiments take place.

Recently I had a Homer Simpson "Doh!" moment, finding myself involuntarily in single user mode. I could go through the tedious steps of working there to fix the problem, or I could option-reboot, and log in as administrator to another emergency boot volume, and fix the problem from there using a 2006 GUI. The choice felt obvious.

If one takes this route (and disables autologin on all such volumes!), is there any reason to leave single-user mode accessible at all?



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