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I recently instsalled the newset version of XFree86, and once i restarted my x server, it just hung ( i got to a blue background and the watch mouse pointer thingy) i could move my mouse but nothing happened,
so i thought i'd be clever, i started windows XP ( i dual boot) and through partition magic, editted my /etc/inittab so that it said id:3:initdefault and then saved it, now whenever i try to start redhat, i get an error message say can't execute /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit and a couple other errors, and then it says id"(1-6)": respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes.
(by (1-6) i mean there is a line with each of those id's on it).
if i change the runlevel back to 5 it doesn't change the error message. i am running redhat 8, have had the system up for a while so i really don't want to reformat. could someone PLEASE help me??
First, the line should read: "id:3:initdefault:" --note the trailing ":" though perhaps that is only a typo on your post.
It sounds a little like a permissions problem with the "can't execute" command. Perhaps they were changed with the XP magic. But what you need to do is to get yourself a root prompt. Use your boot disk and then mount up your harddrive partitions. You might then beable to chroot and do an rpm --verify Or I think you can specify the path of the database with rpm.
Perhaps this will get you started? Do not reinstall -- that is for MS windows.
i don't know where to get an inittab, i have compared mine to others (like in knoppix) and all the parts are the same, should i maybe add a line like "mount /dev/ataraid/h0p3 /" ataraid /h0p3 is my root drive for linux, if you or anybody could send me a /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit file, or /etc/inittab file that could work with redhat 8 that would be wonderful
# inittab This file describes how the INIT process should set up
# the system in a certain run-level.
# Author: Miquel van Smoorenburg, <email@example.com>
# Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
# 0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# 1 - Single user mode
# 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
# 3 - Full multiuser mode
# 4 - unused
# 5 - X11
# 6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# System initialization.
# Things to run in every runlevel.
# Trap CTRL-ALT-DELETE
ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now
# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
# of power left. Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
# UPS connected and working correctly.
pf::powerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"
# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
pr:12345:powerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"
# Run gettys in standard runlevels
# Run xdm in runlevel 5
# xdm is now a separate service
Let me know if you need /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit too. That file is considerably larger.
my inittab and rc.sysinit match everything posted, i think my problem is file permissions, the only thing is i don't know how to change the permissions on the files. i tried booting up in single and chmod-ing them but it says changing permissions, blah... : Read-Only File-Systemso i tried su-ing things and same error, if anybody can tell me how to get around this that would be great, thanks in advance