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Old 06-06-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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Distribution: Slackware 13.1 ,slackware-current
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Alsa mixer settings lost after boot,unexpected end of file

My sound is perfectly fine,but I lost all the alsamixer settings after a reboot.

Excecuting /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa restores back my alsamixer settings,so I think the /etc/rc.d/rc.M cause the problem.

My second problem is my rc.M seems to have problem.I noticed an error;
Unexpected end of file:line 351(The last line of the rc.M)

Here's my /etc/rc.d/rc.M;

# rc.M		This file is executed by init(8) when the system is being
#		initialized for one of the "multi user" run levels (i.e.
#		levels 1 through 6).  It usually does mounting of file
#		systems et al.
# Version:	@(#)/etc/rc.d/rc.M	2.23	Wed Feb 26 19:20:58 PST 2003
# Author:	Fred N. van Kempen, <>
#		Heavily modified by Patrick Volkerding <>

# Tell the viewers what's going to happen.
echo "Going multiuser..."

# Update all the shared library links:
#if [ -x /sbin/ldconfig ]; then
#  echo "Updating shared library links:  /sbin/ldconfig &"
#  /sbin/ldconfig &

# Screen blanks after 15 minutes idle time, and powers down in one hour
# if the kernel supports APM or ACPI power management:
#/bin/setterm -blank 15 -powersave powerdown -powerdown 60

# Set the hostname.
if [ -r /etc/HOSTNAME ]; then
  /bin/hostname $(cat /etc/HOSTNAME | cut -f1 -d .)
  # fall back on this old default:
  echo "" > /etc/HOSTNAME
  /bin/hostname darkstar

# Save the contents of 'dmesg':
/bin/dmesg -s 65536 > /var/log/dmesg

# Initialize PCMCIA devices:
# NOTE: This used to be started near the top of rc.S so that PCMCIA devices
# could be fsck'ed along with the other drives.  This had some unfortunate
# side effects, however, since root isn't yet read-write, and /var might not
# even be mounted the .pid files can't be correctly written in /var/run and
# the pcmcia system can't be correctly shut down.  If you want some PCMCIA
# partition to be mounted at boot (or when the card is inserted) then add
# the appropriate lines to /etc/pcmcia/scsi.opts.
# Note that the stuff in /etc/pcmcia/ is only for 2.4.x kernels using
# 16-bit PCMCIA cards (not 32-bit Cardbus cards!).  For example, with a
# wireless card you might need to set options in /etc/pcmcia OR in
# /etc/rc.d/rc.wireless.conf, or even in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf (with
# extra options if needed for the encryption key, ESSID, etc.)
# Hopefully this situation will be unified in the future, but for now
# that's how it is...
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.pcmcia start
  # The cards might need a little extra time here to initialize.
 sleep 5

# Start the system logger.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.syslog -a -x /usr/sbin/syslogd -a -d /var/log ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.syslog start

# Update the X font indexes:
#if [ -x /usr/bin/fc-cache ]; then
#  echo "Updating X font indexes:  /usr/bin/fc-cache -f &"
#  /usr/bin/fc-cache -f &

# If we are returning from single-user mode we will need to restart
# udevd on systems that use udev:
if grep -wq sysfs /proc/mounts && grep -wq tmpfs /proc/filesystems ; then
  if ! grep -wq nohotplug /proc/cmdline ; then
    if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.udev ]; then
      /bin/sh /etc/rc.d/rc.udev start

# Initialize the networking hardware.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1

# Look for additional USB/SCSI/IEEE1394/etc devices on multiple LUNs:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.scanluns ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.scanluns

# Start networking daemons:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.inet2 ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.inet2

# Mount any additional filesystem types that haven't already been mounted:
mount -a -v 2> /dev/null | grep -v "already mounted"

# Start the Network Time Protocol daemon:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.ntpd ]; then
  sh /etc/rc.d/rc.ntpd start

# Remove stale locks and junk files (must be done after mount -a!)
/bin/rm -f /var/lock/* /var/spool/uucp/LCK..* /tmp/.X*lock /tmp/core /core 2> /dev/null

# Remove stale hunt sockets so the game can start.
if [ -r /tmp/hunt -o -r /tmp/hunt.stats ]; then
  echo "Removing your stale hunt sockets from /tmp."
  /bin/rm -f /tmp/hunt*

# Ensure basic filesystem permissions sanity.
chmod 755 / 2> /dev/null
chmod 1777 /tmp /var/tmp

# Start APM or ACPI daemon.
# If APM is enabled in the kernel, start apmd:
if [ -e /proc/apm ]; then
  if [ -x /usr/sbin/apmd ]; then
    echo "Starting APM daemon:  /usr/sbin/apmd"
elif [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.acpid ]; then # otherwise, start acpid:
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.acpid start

# Update any existing icon cache files:
#if find /usr/share/icons 2> /dev/null | grep -q icon-theme.cache ; then
#  for theme_dir in /usr/share/icons/* ; do
#    if [ -r ${theme_dir}/icon-theme.cache ]; then
#      echo "Updating icon-theme.cache in ${theme_dir}..."
#      /usr/bin/gtk-update-icon-cache -t -f ${theme_dir} 1> /dev/null 2> 
#/dev/null &
#    fi
#  done
  # This would be a large file and probably shouldn't be there.
#  if [ -r /usr/share/icons/icon-theme.cache ]; then
 #   echo "Deleting icon-theme.cache in /usr/share/icons..."
    #/usr/bin/gtk-update-icon-cache -t -f /usr/share/icons 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null &
  #  rm -f /usr/share/icons/icon-theme.cache
 # fi

# Update mime database:
if [ -x /usr/bin/update-mime-database -a -d /usr/share/mime ]; then
  echo "Updating MIME database:  /usr/bin/update-mime-database /usr/share/mime &"
  /usr/bin/update-mime-database /usr/share/mime 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null &

# Start D-Bus:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.messagebus ]; then
  sh /etc/rc.d/rc.messagebus start

# Start HAL:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.hald ]; then
  sh /etc/rc.d/rc.hald start

# Start Bluetooth:
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.bluetooth ]; then
 # sh /etc/rc.d/rc.bluetooth start

# Start wicd:
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd ]; then
# sh /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd start

# SCIM and other GTK+ input methods like this file kept updated:
#if [ -x /usr/bin/gtk-query-immodules-2.0 ]; then
#  echo "Updating gtk.immodules:  gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > 
#  /usr/bin/gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > /etc/gtk-2.0/gtk.immodules 2> 

# Start dnsmasq, a simple DHCP/DNS server:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.dnsmasq ]; then
  /etc/rc.d/rc.dnsmasq start

# Start snmpd:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.snmpd ]; then
  /etc/rc.d/rc.snmpd start

# Start the print spooling system.  This will usually be LPRng (lpd) or CUPS.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.cups ]; then
  # Start CUPS:
  /etc/rc.d/rc.cups start
elif [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.lprng ]; then
 # Start LPRng (lpd):
 . /etc/rc.d/rc.lprng start

# Start netatalk. (a file/print server for Macs using Appletalk)
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.atalk ]; then
 # /etc/rc.d/rc.atalk

# Start smartd, which monitors the status of S.M.A.R.T. compatible
# hard drives and reports any problems.  Note some devices (which aren't
# smart, I guess ;) will hang if probed by smartd, so it's commented out
# by default.
#if [ -x /usr/sbin/smartd ]; then
#  /usr/sbin/smartd

# If we're using udev, make /dev/cdrom and any other optical drive symlinks
# if some udev rule hasn't made them already:
if grep -wq sysfs /proc/mounts && grep -wq tmpfs /proc/filesystems; then
  if ! grep -wq nohotplug /proc/cmdline ; then
    if [ -x /lib/udev/rc.optical-symlinks -a -x /etc/rc.d/rc.udev ]; then
      /bin/sh /lib/udev/rc.optical-symlinks

# Monitor the UPS with genpowerd.
# To use this, uncomment this section and edit your settings in
# /etc/genpowerd.conf (serial device, UPS type, etc).  For more information,
# see "man genpowerd" or the extensive documentation in the
# /usr/doc/genpower-*/ directory.
# You'll also need to configure a similar block in /etc/rc.d/rc.6 if you want
# support for stopping the UPS's inverter after the machine halts.
#if [ -x /sbin/genpowerd ]; then
#  echo "Starting genpowerd daemon..."
#  /sbin/genpowerd

# Turn on process accounting.  To enable process accounting, make sure the
# option for BSD process accounting is enabled in your kernel, and then
# create the file /var/log/pacct (touch /var/log/pacct).  By default, process
# accounting is not enabled (since /var/log/pacct does not exist).  This is
# because the log file can get VERY large.
if [ -x /sbin/accton -a -r /var/log/pacct ]; then
  chmod 640 /var/log/pacct
  /sbin/accton /var/log/pacct

# Start crond (Dillon's crond):
# If you want cron to actually log activity to /var/log/cron, then change
# -l10 to -l8 to increase the logging level.
if [ -x /usr/sbin/crond ]; then
  /usr/sbin/crond -l10 >>/var/log/cron 2>&1

# Start atd (manages jobs scheduled with 'at'):
if [ -x /usr/sbin/atd ]; then
  /usr/sbin/atd -b 15 -l 1

# Slackware-Mini-Quota-HOWTO:
# To really activate quotas, you'll need to add 'usrquota' and/or 'grpquota' to
# the appropriate partitions as listed in /etc/fstab.  Here's an example:
# /dev/hda2      /home      ext3     defaults,usrquota      1   1
# You'll then need to setup initial quota files at the top of the partitions
# to support quota, like this:
# touch /home/aquota.user /home/
# chmod 600 /home/aquota.user /home/
# Then, reboot to activate the system.
# To edit user quotas, use 'edquota'.  See 'man edquota'.  Also, the
# official Quota Mini-HOWTO has lots of useful information.  That can be found
# here:  /usr/doc/Linux-HOWTOs/Quota

# Check quotas and then turn quota system on:
if grep -q quota /etc/fstab ; then
  if [ -x /sbin/quotacheck ]; then
    echo "Checking filesystem quotas:  /sbin/quotacheck -avugm"
    /sbin/quotacheck -avugm
  if [ -x /sbin/quotaon ]; then
    echo "Activating filesystem quotas:  /sbin/quotaon -avug"
    /sbin/quotaon -avug

# Start the SASL authentication server.  This provides SASL
# authentication services for sendmail:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.saslauthd ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.saslauthd start

# Start the sendmail daemon:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.sendmail ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.sendmail start

# Load ALSA (sound) defaults:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa

# Load a custom screen font if the user has an rc.font script.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.font ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.font

# Load a custom keymap if the user has an rc.keymap script.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.keymap ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.keymap

# Start the MySQL database:
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld ]; then
# . /etc/rc.d/rc.mysqld start

# Start Apache web server:
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd ]; then
#  . /etc/rc.d/rc.httpd start

# Start OpenLDAP:
#if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.openldap ]; then
#  . /etc/rc.d/rc.openldap start

# Start Samba (a file/print server for Win95/NT machines).
# Samba can be started in /etc/inetd.conf instead.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.samba ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.samba start

# Start the GPM mouse server:
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm start

# If there are SystemV init scripts for this runlevel, run them.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.sysvinit ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.sysvinit

# Start the local setup procedure.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.local ]; then
  . /etc/rc.d/rc.local
Thank you for all your attention.

Last edited by yuchankit; 06-06-2009 at 09:22 PM.
Old 06-06-2009, 11:26 PM   #2
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Usage: alsactl <options> command
alsactl store
now it will store it for restore. hope it works. do it as root. make sure your file /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa is set to executable. wish you luck.
or just run as root alsaconf it will do it all.
Old 05-11-2010, 03:41 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by yuchankit View Post
My sound is perfectly fine,but I lost all the alsamixer settings after a reboot.

Excecuting /etc/rc.d/rc.alsa restores back my alsamixer settings,so I think the /etc/rc.d/rc.M cause the problem.

My second problem is my rc.M seems to have problem.I noticed an error;
Unexpected end of file:line 351(The last line of the rc.M)

# Start the local setup procedure.
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.local ]; then
. /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Thank you for all your attention.
I had a similar probem and solved it by adding

Code:   nitrogen.fruttenboel   nitrogen
to /etc/hosts.
Old 05-11-2010, 06:14 AM   #4
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Remove the leading "." and "sh" for calling init-scripts. See if you can locate the error more accurately.


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