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Archived - Mac OS X Server 1.x: How to Enter and Exit Single-User Mode

This article describes how to enter and exit single-user mode when using Mac OS X Server 1.x.

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
Note: This document is for Mac OS X Server 1.x only. For Mac OS X 10.0 or later, see technical document 106388, "Mac OS X 10.0: How to Start up in Single-User or Verbose Mode".

Follow these steps to enter single-user mode:


    1. Turn on the computer.

    2. Immediately after the startup chime, press the "s" key until the system reaches the single-user prompt (#).


Follow this step to exit single-user mode and start up into the standard graphical environment:

    1. While at the single-user prompt, type  exit

You can also type  reboot  to exit single-user mode. This causes the computer to restart.

Note: If the computer is in single-user mode, and then switched to the standard graphical environment, a black screen with the word "continuing" appears briefly. Additionally, a black screen with the word "done" appears briefly during shutdown.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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