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If I select rescue mode in GRUB, ssh is not run. I have to type start ssh to have it running. Can I made this be done automatically for me?

Typical situation is with broken graphics, when I need to login to the box remotely. Now, I have to type start ssh blindly first and hope.

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When your system starts into the rescue mode, it uses the so called single user mode. This is runlevel 1. You'll find all programs which start here in /etc/rc1.d (starting with S).

You have to add ssh to runlevel 1. You can do this by making a symlink from /etc/init.d/ssh to /etc/rc1.d/S99ssh. The command update-rc.d assists you here. If you need a graphical program you can use bum (boot up manager).

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Not sure if your answer applies to upstart (check page title and tags), but with ubiquitous systemd now, usptart is obsolete anyway. Thanks for answer. – eudoxos Oct 18 '15 at 10:00

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