Differences Between MacOSX and other UNIX's

dalee

Registered
Does MacOSX implement diffrerent init levels? Aolaris I think uses 6, but as far as I can see MacOS X only uses them right at the end of booting up.
What's the deal with it?
How else is it different to normal unix's in sucha fundamental way?
 

ladavacm

Unperson Spotter
Runlevels (which are in fact runstates) are a SysV-ism; BSD does not do runlevels (apart from standalone, and fully networked, the only ones of actually any use in SysV).

SysV runlevels are a half-baked solution anyway, because it is not possible to map startup and shutdwon dependencies well enough into alphabetically ordered S(tart) and K(ill) scripts.

In BSD, and MacOS X, one can get the standalone level by booting with -s (s held down during boot on OS X), whereas fully networked level is obtained by default. It is also possible to go to standalone from full via init (don't know whether this works on OS X)
 
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