cancelling a selected init/telinit call
can one cancel a selected init call on boot? like if i defaulted to #5 but want to boot to #3, can i do this without having to change the inittab settings? no rescue mode, no floppy boot or whatsoever.. . just intercept an ongoing boot then switch to another.
i'm just asking since i came into a situation the other day when my PS/2 mouse suddenly went dead (like zilch, nada, zero response) while X was up and running. i was still able to use the keyboard to reboot. i thought the mouse cable must've gone loose or something. so i tightened it to the port and booted my machine... it reaches the nvidia splash and stays there for an unusuallylong time (say 10 seconds) and then no keyboard or mouse on GUI login. i couldn't do anything!
so i got an old serial mouse and plugged it in. i remembered i turned off kudzu at all levels, so it didn't autodetect. so i was still stuck with the no keyboard and no mouse situation. good i had linuxconf, which i never bothered at all (i just installed it there, don't know why), and so at boot it pauses for 20secs at the linuxconf part, and there i was able to switch to init 3. now everything's ok. so is there something i can do similar to what linuxconf service does? let's just say, what if i didn't install linuxconf.. .