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Re: initdefault has no effect

> Mike Burger wrote:
>>> Ed Greshko wrote:
>>>> Hummm....  Bad news....
>>>> I had to test this and have in the intttab file....
>>>> #   5 - X11
>>>> #   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
>>>> #
>>>> ; id:5:initdefault:
>>>> id:3:initdefault:
>>>> And the system still comes up in run level 5.
>>> There is probably no comment sign anymore.
>>> Upstart just rapidly scans /etc/inittab for the default runlevel and
>>> ignores
>>> everything else. The only reason the file is still /etc/inittab is for
>>> backwards compatibility. So it doesn't use a complete inittab parser,
>>> it
>>> probably just scans for the first occurrence of id:?:initdefault,
>>> completely ignoring any comment signs.
>> While I've not read any upstart documentation to refute your assertion,
>> I
>> do believe that I've commented and uncommented enough since starting
>> with
>> F9 that I am fairly confident that there is, indeed, still the default ;
>> as an inittab comment delimiter.
>>> Just don't leave commented lines around.
>> Fair enough, if that is to be the end product...but if you want to test
>> something, and don't want to litter the system with dozens of backup
>> inittab files and the like, commenting a line is quicker than fully
>> editing it in and out.
>> Probably a matter of preference, I would say.
> Kindly be careful with your attributions....  The comments concerning
> upstart were those of Kevin Kofler.

Apologies...quite possibly a crop gone awry...your name *was* the one at
the top of the quote/requote/rerequote sequence, but I may have not have
"chopped" low down enough in the chain, or it's possible that my
Thunderbird installation is not properly set up to properly attribute the
most recent quote.

> Yet the fact remains, ; had no more effect than #.  If you don't trust
> the test that I did, you can do it yourself in order to prove it.

My response, in the message above, was not in response to your test, but
to Kevin's note about not leaving commented lines around.

While I'm looking at this, though, my earlier assertion that # wouldn't
work as a comment in inittab, at this level, would appear to be incorrect,
as well, given that *all* of the comments at the top of the file start
with a #.

I'm still doing some digging.
Mike Burger

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