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Old 12-01-2001, 07:07 PM   #1
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Post Run Level

I am running a red hat 6 box that is being used to server e-mail and it has been working fine for about 3 weeks when I decided to restart it this morning. When Linux boots, the startup proceedure is normal except it tries to load INIT: Runlevel 3 and hangs. The only keyboard response I get from the machine is ctrl-alt-delete, which causes the box to go INIT: Runlevel 6 and then hangs. There is no GUI on this machine, just Red hat command line. At this point I have to turn the power off to the box. Any suggestions?

How do you load into different runlevels?
Old 12-01-2001, 08:09 PM   #2
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not sure on the main problem, but you can load different runlevels at the lilo prompt if your getting one.. like this:
lilo: Linux 1
You can try using runlevel 1, single user mode, to try and get into the system to check things over and fix anything....
Old 12-01-2001, 08:44 PM   #3
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Once you can get into the system (via runlevel 1 or a boot floppy, you could try selectively disabling the services started by init in /etc/rc.d/init.d if need be. Also check your logs to see if any error messages managed to get written before the system hung..

a blurb from Redhat's support site which describes the boot sequence in some detail; perhaps it might give you some ideas on where to look for the problem.


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