System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones

Solaris 10 8/07: Zone Boot Arguments

Zones support the following boot arguments used with the zoneadm boot and reboot commands:

The following definitions apply:

-i altinit

Selects an alternative executable to be the first process. altinit must be a valid path to an executable. The default first process is described in init(1M).

-m smf_options

Controls the boot behavior of SMF. There are two categories of options, recovery options and messages options. Message options determine the type and number of messages that displays during boot. Service options determine the services that are used to boot the system.

Recovery options include the following:


Prints standard per-service output and all svc.startd messages to log.


Boot to the subgraph defined by the given milestone. Legitimate milestones are none, single-user, multi-user, multi-user-server, and all.

Message options include the following:


Prints standard per-service output and error messages requiring administrative intervention


Prints standard per-service output and messages providing more information.


Boots only to milestone svc:/milestone/single-user:default. This milestone is equivalent to init level s.

For usage examples, see How to Boot a Zone and How to Boot a Zone in Single-User Mode.

For information on the Solaris service management facility (SMF) and init , see Chapter 18, Managing Services (Overview), in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration, svc.startd(1M) and init(1M).