View and Show Linux inittab Configuration File on Linux Fedora 8

Computer Configuration GNU Linux Fedora using Linux Command


   The inittab configuration file, is use on Linux system to describes init default, the process that need to start at bootup and the process on normal working operation.  The inittab configuration file in earlier Linux Fedora system, Fedora Core till Fedora 8 are quite different then the inittab configuration file on Fedora 9 and newer Fedora version.  The example below show the inittab configuration file on Linux Fedora 8 machine, the inittab on Linux Fedora 8 is located under /etc directory.

To view the inittab file under /etc directory, execute command:    cat /etc/inittab

Linux Fedora 8 inittab configuration file.

[root@localhost ~]# /bin/cat /etc/inittab


# inittab       This file describes how the INIT process should set up

#               the system in a certain run-level.


# Author:       Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>

#               Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes



# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:

#   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)

#   1 - Single user mode

#   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)

#   3 - Full multiuser mode

#   4 - unused

#   5 - X11

#   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)




# System initialization.



l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0

l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1

l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2

l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3

l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4

l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5

l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6



ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now


# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes

# of power left.  Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.

# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your

# UPS connected and working correctly.

pf::powerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"


# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.

pr:12345:powerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"



# Run gettys in standard runlevels

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1

2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2

3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3

4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4

5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5

6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6


# Run xdm in runlevel 5

x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon

[root@localhost ~]#


View inittab file permission, execute command:    ls -l /etc/inittab

View inittab configuration file on Linux Fedora 9

[root@localhost ~]# /bin/ls -l /etc/inittab

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1666 2008-01-25 09:07 /etc/inittab

[root@localhost ~]#


The example on how to change default runlevel on boot up, and Linux Fedora 9 inittab configuration file here.