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3.1 Configuring Init

There are three ways you can change the behaviour of the init system. Those are:

  1. Kernel Command Line
  2. /etc/init/rc.conf file
  3. Init Hooks

3.1.1 Kernel Command Line

On GRUB, you can edit the kernel command line parameters, which will be parsed as variables on the init system. Not all of the parameters will be acted upon, but all of them will be set as variables on the init script. For example an example command line, and how it is interpreted.

BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda2 rw loglevel=3 quiet

This command line will be parsed to set the following variables:


Some of these variables, such as rw/ro, loglevel, and quiet, will be used by the init system to change the behaviour of the startup.

3.1.2 /etc/init/rc.conf file

However, the kernel command line isn’t the only place to set your boot parameters. You can specify variables here as well, although note that the kernel command line always gets the priority for these variables since they can be set just before boot.