Subject: Re: Booting in single-user mode
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Grey Wolf <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/06/1996 18:27:58
Curt Sampson sez:
# On Wed, 6 Nov 1996, Eric Sentner wrote:
# > Yes, you need to use the '-a' flag to boot multi user.  I think the
# > newer versions of the kernel have this compiled in, but I might be
# > mistaken. :)
# Ok, that's not a problem since this can be set up and saved in the
# DEC Alpha's SRM monitor. However, I seem to recall that the '-a'
# option was the `ask' option for kernels on th i386 that do interactive
# configuration.  (Or was that just FreeBSD?) Shouldn't we change
# the i386 interactive configuration to, say, `-i' for consistency
# across the ports?

If you want to be consistent, the other ports should switch to '-a' for
"ask".  I've seen '-i' come to mean "use the following program as the
path to init", and I've even had to use it on occasion.  It's saved
my butt, lemme tell ya.

Who uses '-a' to boot multi-user, now?  I think I missed this thread,
unless I'm receiving mail out of order again...don't answer this, I'll
ask again if I'm truly lost.

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