How to switching between INIT 3 and INIT 5

Matt Navarre mnavarre at
Mon Feb 23 23:04:47 PST 2004

On Monday 23 February 2004 22:22, Dan Nelson wrote:
> In the last episode (Feb 24), Stephen Liu said:
> > 5.2
> > ==
> >
> > Kindly advise the key combination switching between INIT 3 and INIT 5
> >
> > Ctrl + Alt + F2 = INIT 3/Text mode (works)
> > Ctrl + Alt + F7 = INIT 5/Graphic mode (does not work)
> FreeBSD does not have "init" levels.  You've got off, single-user, and
> multi-user.
As Dan said, FreeBSD does not have init levels but you can switch to a text 
console from X-windows Ctrl + Alt + F[1-8] will all take you to a login 
prompt, Ctrl + Alt + F9 will take you back to X-Windows. Note that X must be 
running for this to work, otherwise you'll just have text consoles available. 
The number of consoles is configurable somewhere, I just can't remember 
> > and the method switching to multi-user-mode from single-user-mode
> > instead of rebooting PC
To go to single-user do 'shutdown now' as root, It'll ask you for a path to a 
shell or you can hit enter for /bin/sh
> Exit the single-user shell, and the system will bring itself to
> multi-user mode automatically.

mnavarre at  
it was a hard sell, since he's a database person, and as far as I've seen, 
once those database worms eat into your brain, it's hard to ever get anything 
practical done again. To a database person, every nail looks like a thumb. Or 
something like that. - jwz

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