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Which is the HD that died?
If you created a new swap partition, I guess that you have declared it to the system in the /etc/fstab file, haven't you?
Because if you haven't, then the kernel, at boot time, will try to mount the dead swap partition.
You can find the main .log files in /var/log/
Thank you for all of your help, I just commented out the line for the swap and now I get the following error, I am not sure if this is to do with the swap disk dying or whether its a totally different unrelated error; During boot it fails and comes up with this,
getpwnam failed for root
grsec: attempted resouce overstep by requesting 4096 for RLIMIT_CORE against limit 0 by (pam_console_app:404) uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0, parent (rc.sysinit:20) uid/euid:0/0 gid/egid:0/0
/etc/rc.d rc.sysinit: line 874:
404 Segmentation Fault
chgrp: invalid group name 'utmp'
The hard disk that died was /dev/sdc1 and ONLY had a swap partition on it the rest was unformatted.
I really want to revive this server without reinstalling linux on it, if you can help me to do that, it would be fantastic.
I left the server for a while after that and it continued loading, after half an hour of loading (and still hadnt finished) it gave up after about 25 errors.
I think it might be corrupt files from the server crashing as the hard disk died.
I was going to reinstall mandrake 9.2, but instead have opted for slackware, I have built a computer with this before and it was a good distro, so ill give it a test run on the server. I have been using mandrake since 6, so I am used to text based installs and this looks like it could make an excellent server from the onset.