Anyone else run into "command line" at startup?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Westside guy, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    Hi there,

    I'd been mucking with the /etc/authorization file (long story, but short version: playing with kerberos and trying to do stuff that's not documented) and managed to mess things up enough that when 1) I couldn't get out of the screensaver; and 2) when I rebooted, it came up in a command line mode! Now this was easily fixed since I had backed up the auth file before i started playing, but: Does OS X have an "official" command line mode the way Linux or BSD does? If so, can you start the graphical OS X from the command line?

    I know this is kind of an odd combination of newbie and advanced question. I'm a Red Hat linux switcher over to OS X, and they're just similar enough to fool me into sometimes thinking I know what I'm doing. :)

  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2002
    Im sorry if this doesnt answer your question but...

    OSX has a feature called Single User mode, which is essentially a command line only screen. People normally use it to run disk utilities if their OS has gone south, but Im pretty sure it has many other uses.

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