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Ok I know this sounds stupid, but I'm equally stupid. I logged on as root using my root password. Everything OK. I go to /usr/local/apache to change the htdocs folder so my other account can write to it. I check all boxes. Still OK. Then I go to filesystem, highlight everything and set all permissioins to checked. Bad idea. I log off and get a messed up graphics screen of all green blocks. I hit the power button, it turns off. When I reboot I get: "Cannot Initialize console" or something to that effect. Did I break it by messing with the filesystem or is it something that got messed up with the power-off? And is there any way to fix it?
Well, yeah, you just totally messed up your system. You should have only changed the permissions of your apache directory for your user. Now you've messed up the permissions for other parts of your system that should not have been manipulated or changed. Did you happen to make it so all users have read, write and execute access? If so this is a no no. You can try to boot into a rescue mode with your installation cd and try to get some working portions of your system back functioning by doing a chmod 755 / but you seem to be new to Linux and this is one of those times it might just be easier for you to just reinstall your system, be less confusing and faster actually...
Originally posted by DB03 ok, so what you're saying is I should go through the regular install process and when it asks me which partition, choose the linux one? Do i have to like delete it of reformat that partitoin first?
The install process will usually reformat for you, on the partition you choose to install to.
ok i'm gonna try the rescue... should anaconda come up? or did i do something wrong? i shut down before it got further than that because i don't want to accidentally over-write my XP partition. am i safe?
That's why I have 3 partitions: 90 GB File storage, 20 GB Win XP and 10 GB Linux Mandrake. WinXP for games and blue screens, Linux for, well, the rest, and the storage for keeping a cool head when I screw up one of the others, sometimes including the boot loader. Yes, educational. Even if it sucks.