Change runlevel instead of restart?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tibbon, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. tibbon macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2006
    Lets say for arguement's sake that I have a bet going with a friend that I can have longer uptime than they can on their Window XP SP2 box (we know how this is gonna turn out but anyway...)

    Assuming that I want to still use my machine and keep up with all updates, is there any simple way that I can turn off the Aqua interface and drop down to a lower runlevel, instead of doing a "reset" on the system and then bring it back up from there, just as you can in *nix with X11? This I assume would keep my uptime clock unchanged and unaltered since I have still been "up"

    Is there any downside to doing this (assuming you can, which it seems on a BSD based system you should be able to do easily)? How do you quit out of Aqua (or whatever the technical name for the graphical interface is anway) to begin with? How would I start it back up? Pretty simple task in *nix that doesn't seem to have a clear option in OS X.
  2. nder macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    I'd like to know too

    I've noticed no reply to this message. Is is that it is impossible to switch runlevels in OS X? I understand that OS X doesnt use System V runlevels because it has replaced this with launchd. But OS X does have a single user mode. Is there a way to get into single user mode and then back into OS X without a restart?
  3. TH-Gunner macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2008
    I'd like to know this. I'd like to be able to switch to a fullscreen console in an emergency, like if my computer is trying to shut down but is stuck because a program is a zombie and won't kill *cough* BitPim *cough*

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