more simple Ubuntu questions

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Mon Apr 7 21:35:31 MDT 2008

On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 02:31:13PM -0600, Hans Fugal wrote:
> Andres Gonzalez wrote:
>> As you can tell, I am new to Ubuntu. The different root login architecture 
>> in Ubuntu I can live with--actually I think I kind of like it.
>> But where is /etc/inittab in Ubuntu?  Why is it not there?  Why can I not 
>> go from console mode to graphics mode using telinit?  In fact, why does 
>> telinit not seem to even work in Ubuntu?
>> I guess I am just learning how different from each other these distros can 
>> actually be.
> I think it's because they use upstart[1]. As for going from one "mode" to 
> another, the Debian way is that you can use runlevels for whatever you want 
> but they're all the same by default, so using telinit to change runlevels 
> won't go from one "mode" to another (unless you set up your runlevels like 
> that manually). I would assume Ubuntu follows suit.

You assume correctly. sysv-rc-conf is a good tool for correcting that
situation. But be careful what you shut down for different run levels.


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