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       sulogin - single-user login


       sulogin [options] [tty]


       sulogin is invoked by init when the system goes into single-user mode.

       The user is prompted:

            Give root password for system maintenance
            (or type Control-D for normal startup):

       If  the root account is locked and --force is specified, no password is

       sulogin will be connected to the current terminal, or to  the  optional
       tty  device  that  can  be  specified  on  the  command line (typically

       When the user exits from the single-user shell, or presses control-D at
       the prompt, the system will continue to boot.


       -e, --force
              If  the  default  method of obtaining the root password from the
              system via  getpwnam(3)  fails,  then  examine  /etc/passwd  and
              /etc/shadow  to get the password.  If these files are damaged or
              nonexistent, or when root account is locked by '!' or '*' at the
              begin  of  the  password  then  sulogin  will start a root shell
              without asking for a password.

              Only use the -e option if you are sure the console is physically
              protected against unauthorized access.

       -p, --login-shell
              Specifying this option causes sulogin to start the shell process
              as a login shell.

       -t, --timeout seconds
              Specify the maximum amount of time to wait for user  input.   By
              default, sulogin will wait forever.

       -h, --help
              Display help text and exit.

       -V, --version
              Display version information and exit.


       sulogin  looks  for  the  environment  variable  SUSHELL  or sushell to
       determine what shell to start.  If the environment variable is not set,
       it  will  try to execute root's shell from /etc/passwd.  If that fails,
       it will fall back to /bin/sh.


       sulogin was written by Miquel van Smoorenburg for  sysvinit  and  later
       ported to util-linux by Dave Reisner and Karel Zak.


       The  sulogin command is part of the util-linux package and is available
       from Linux Kernel  Archive  ⟨