System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Procedurex86: How to Boot a System to Run Level 3 (Multiuser)

Use this procedure to boot a system that is currently at run level 0 to run level 3.

  1. Reboot the system.

    # reboot

    If the system displays the Press any key to reboot prompt, press any key to reboot the system.

    You can also use the Reset button at this prompt. If the system is shut down, turn the system on with the power switch.

    When the boot sequence begins, the GRUB menu is displayed.

  2. When the GRUB menu is displayed, press Enter to boot the default OS instance.

    If you do not choose an entry within 10 seconds, the system automatically boots to run level 3.

    The login prompt is displayed when the boot process has finished successfully.

  3. Log in to the system.

    hostname console login:
  4. Verify that the system booted to run level 3.

    # who -r
    system% who -r
       .       run-level 3  Mar  2 09:44     3      0  S

Example 12–9 x86: Booting a System To Run Level 3 (Multiuser Level)

# reboot

Jul 24 11:29:52 bearskin reboot: rebooted by root
syncing file systems... done

Adaptec AIC-7899 SCSI BIOS v2.57S4
(c) 2000 Adaptec, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 Press <Ctrl><A> for SCSISelect(TM) Utility! 

Ch B,  SCSI ID: 0 SEAGATE  ST336607LSUN36G   160

GNU GRUB  version 0.95  (637K lower / 2096064K upper memory)
Solaris 10 10/08 s10x_u6wos_03 X86
Solaris failsafe

		Use the  and  keys to select which entry is highlighted.
		Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the
		commands before booting, or 'c' for a command-line.

SunOS Release 5.10 Version Generic_137138-04 32-bit
Copyright 1983-2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Hostname: pups
NIS domain name is
Reading ZFS config: done.
Mounting ZFS filesystems: (5/5)

pups console login:

# who -r
   .       run-level 3  Jul 24 11:31     3      0  S