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How to check run level for your Linux Mint machine

Open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type


$ who -r
Response from the command is
run-level 2  2012-05-11 10:35

Basically my computer is currently running at Level 2.

Another way to check the run level is
$ runlevel

Response from the command is
N 2

Linux has 7 different run levels (or operating modes):
  • 0 = Halt the system 
  • 1 = Enter single-user mode (no networking is enabled) 
  • 2 = Multiuser mode, but without NFS 
  • 3 = Full multiuser mode (normal operation) 
  • 4 = Unused 
  • 5 = Same as runlevel 3, except that it uses the X Window System to login rather than the text-based login system 
  • 6 = Reboot the system

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