Error Message "Press Ctrl+d or provide root password
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I have only seen this at boot time.
I have seen this message on SCO systems and it was not an error. It allows you to enter maintenance mode (when you provide the root password) or to continue with the normal boot. The latter would timeout on the SCO system so the system would come up automatically (e.g. after a reboot). Is there an actual problem displayed just before that? I don't have experience with RHEL.