i used init 3 to move to runlevel 3 , but after I can't login with root password , i viewed the the file "/var/log/secure" and found this :

Jun 25 17:39:12 localhost login: pam_unix(login:auth): authentication failure; logname=LOGIN uid=0 euid=0 tty=tty1 ruser= rhost= user=root Jun 25 17:39:13 localhost login: FAILED LOGIN SESSION FROM (null) FOR root, Permission denied

what could be the issue ?



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For all the people who had the same problem setting the SELinux to permissive fixed the problem just run:

sudo setenforce 0

and now I can log in to runlevel 3


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    So it was a SeLinux issue after all. restorecon -rv / or touch /.autorelabel should have solved it. Running without SeLinux is not recommended. Jun 27, 2021 at 13:58

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