On Tuesday 11 November 2008 06:38:54 Polytropon wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:13:54 -0800, Jim Pazarena <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
wrote:
> > isn't the "main reason" because other shells may reside on a filesystem
> > which isn't necessarily mounted in maintenance/single user mode? Or,
> > libraries for the same?
>
> At least, it's a valid reason. When in trouble, the system just
> mounts / as ro where /bin/sh (the system's standard scripting
> shell) and /bin/csh (its standard dialog shell) are available.
> Bash may be on another partition that's not mounted yet, so no
> maintenance access would be possible.

In single user mode, no login is done at all and the path to the shell is 
asked for. When a system comes to halt at boot, it will go to single user 
mode. If it doesn't make it there, then not much is lost anyway by rebooting 
and pressing 4 when chuck greets you.
The problem is lies with remote logins through means of ssh and being unable 
to change to root, to - for example - change the shell ;)
-- 
Mel

Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.
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