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Old 08-20-2001, 05:40 AM   #1
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Red face Linux can not continue start up


Again, I have problem with my linux. When it is booting up the process stuck at the item of STARTING SENDMAIL. My computer is hanging now.

My friend suggests me to use Interactive start up and I press N when the step comes to the STARTING SENDMAIL. Booting continue until showing up the logging root, but this is just stand by around 1 second. My monitor turns blanks (black) and clik...clik...no shows anything...
 
Old 08-20-2001, 06:13 PM   #2
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I don't know what's really causing this, but u could try booting off ure rescue/install cdr/floppy, or boot into initlevel 1 by adding "single", "s", "rescue" or "init=/bin/sh" at the boot prompt.

try to filter tru the /var/log/messages and dmesg to see where if possibly fails. If the system or application logs don't give info, u can try to shut down as many services possible before trying to boot in ure normal initlevel.

If uve got a graphical login, then its initlevel 5, if not its usually initlevel 3. look for a corresponding directory in /etc, could be /etc/rc.d/rc(number).d/. now change for any service that is *not* system critical like sendmail, dhcp, rpc, bind, httpd, apache, samba, ftpd, routed, snmpd or sound the capital S(start) for a K(kill). like change S10sendmail to K10sendmail.

Restart, and if that works ok, try to start each service manually to see what gives.

HTH, somehow
 
Old 08-21-2001, 02:36 AM   #3
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INIT: Entering runlevel 5-> error

Thanks for your respons. Where should I type those command since my computer hangs on the level of STARTING SENDMAIL.??

Sorry with that such stupid question, I'am an idiot on LINUX..So could you please tell me step-by-step what I should do?
 
Old 08-21-2001, 02:41 AM   #4
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loggin menu disappeared

Hi all, I have a progress with my problem. When I let my computer a couple of minutes STARTING SENDMAIL running OK and then go to login menu, but it just shows up 1 second and then blank...bip..bip..bip??

Ogh...!!
 
Old 08-21-2001, 04:21 AM   #5
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Awas, u shouldve entered it at the Lilo bootprompt, where you choose *what* to startup and *how*.
Btw, Im guessing by now this is a problem with the graphical login and the X server failing.

I suggest once ure in there, to change the /etc/inittab line where it says "id:5:initdefault:" to read "id:3:initdefault:"
This will start the box up and show a commandline to login, then look for errors relating to the starting of Xdm, X server, etc.
 
  


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