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Old 02-20-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Slackware 12 Not Booting bad inittab entry


My slackware 12 system hangs when booting and ends with the following last 3 lines:

Bad inittab entry: id:3:initdefault:
Bad inittab entry: pf::powerfail:/sbin/genpowerfail start
Bad inittab entry: pg::powerokwait:/sbin/genpowerfail stop

Any help would be appreciated before I move to re-installing the OS (a third time). :)

Thanks!
 
Old 02-20-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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The id:3:initdefault: looks OK, but there seem to be signigicant differences between Slackware and Suse.

My inittab has this for the powerfail lines:
Code:
# what to do when power fails/returns
pf::powerwait:/etc/init.d/powerfail start
po::powerokwait:/etc/init.d/powerfail stop
But, as the saying goes, 'in Linux, there's more than one way to do the job'. Or words to that effect.

Update: after googling a bit, I find that genpowerfail has to do with UPS or some such thing. I found this:
http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...slackware.html, which shows inittab entries like this:
Code:
# What to do when power fails.
pf::powerfail:/sbin/genpowerfail start

# If power is back, cancel the running shutdown.
pg::powerokwait:/sbin/genpowerfail stop
It looks like your inittab is ok. The problem lies elsewhere.

Try dmesg and /var/log/messages to look for other problems.

Last edited by bigrigdriver; 02-20-2008 at 12:34 PM.
 
Old 02-20-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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well the proplem is at that point it is calling on the hardware.when did this start and is this a dual boot system. if it is does the other distro start. did you tweak your lilo comands? little more info
 
Old 02-21-2008, 07:35 AM   #4
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Re-Installing

I'm not sure what is going on with this install - I've tried some suggestions I've found here and nothing seems to be working. It's not a dual-boot system - just Slackware 12.0 linux kernel 2.6.21.5-smp and its not going past those lines from my previous post.

Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help though!
 
Old 02-21-2008, 08:46 AM   #5
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when I asked dual boot I was asking do you already have windows on this because this looks like a cpu failure. and if so can you boot windows. call for power and the mother board is not sending it.
 
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Not Dual Boot

No its not a dual boot machine - just slack on it
 
Old 02-21-2008, 09:00 AM   #7
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It may help if you post both your inittab file and the lilo.conf file.
 
Old 02-21-2008, 12:49 PM   #8
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If this is a fresh install, I would also make sure the media you used is not corrupt.
 
  


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