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man init


I am trying to figure out why my system (3.7) comes up in single user 
mode, so I am working my way through the man pages.

man init:

  The init program is the last stage of the boot process.  It
  normally runs the automatic reboot sequence as described in 
  reboot(8), and if this succeeds, begins multi-user operation. 
  If the reboot scripts fail, init commences single-user operation 
  by giving the superuser a shell on the console. 

Could somebody explain to me why init is calling reboot and how reboot
can succeed without actually rebooting the system?

Leo Baltus
Good judgement comes with experience. Experience usually comes 
from bad judgement.