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Old 09-09-2007, 05:51 PM   #1
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corrupted etc/ directory? help plz!!


Hi all,

I've been trying to troubleshoot an ailing Kubuntu/Dapper 6.06 system and I seemed to have reached a dead end.

The system hangs shortly after booting, giving an error message that says "Can't find Inittab". By searching other forum threads, I found that I may be able to solve the problem by copying a new Inittab file from a Live Dapper CD into the one installed on my hard drive.

I've managed to get the hda1 mounted using the LiveCD, but I can't seem to copy -- or access in any way -- the etc/ directory on my hard install. I've tried "sudo-ing" to change file permissions, but I keep getting the following error:

Code:
chmod: cannot access 'etc/': Input/output error
Here's the results of an "ls -la" on the hard install. the "etc/" directory clearly has some screwy file permissions, but I'm at a loss as to how to fix at this point. Any recommendations? Or is it time for a fresh install? Many thanks in advance!

Code:
total 132
drwxr-xr-x 21 root root  4096 2007-07-11 18:12 .
drwxr-xr-x  6 root root    80 2007-09-08 16:33 ..
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2007-03-28 23:35 bin
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root  4096 2007-07-11 18:12 boot
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root    11 2007-03-28 13:05 cdrom -> media/cdrom
drwxr-xr-x  4 root root  8192 2007-07-11 18:10 dev
?---------  ? ?    ?        ?                ? etc
drwxr-xr-x  3 root root  4096 2007-03-28 13:11 home
-rw-r--r--  1 root root     0 2007-05-11 02:43 .hplip.conf
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2006-08-05 23:55 initrd
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root    29 2007-03-28 13:05 initrd.img.old -> boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-26-386
drwxr-xr-x 19 root root  8192 2007-07-29 23:52 lib
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 49152 2007-03-28 13:04 lost+found
drwxr-xr-x  6 root root  4096 2007-08-21 04:04 media
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2006-05-22 14:00 mnt
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root  4096 2007-06-04 00:32 opt
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2006-05-22 14:00 proc
drwxr-xr-x  6 root root  4096 2007-08-20 01:44 root
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  8192 2007-07-30 02:40 sbin
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2006-08-05 23:55 srv
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root  4096 2006-05-21 18:46 sys
drwxrwxrwt 10 root root  4096 2007-09-02 14:35 tmp
drwxr-xr-x 12 root root  4096 2007-03-29 07:58 usr
drwxr-xr-x 13 root root  4096 2006-08-05 23:55 var
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root    26 2007-03-28 13:05 vmlinuz.old -> boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-26-386
 
Old 09-09-2007, 06:00 PM   #2
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It seems to be either a hardware issue or the filesystem is bad. Run fsck on the partition containing the root filesystem. You might want to backup what you can first, because the drive itself may be going bad.
 
  


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