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I rebooted from putty on a windows machine over a local network with the "reboot" command. Now, upon going to the box I rebooted to see why it wouldn't accept another ssh session, it is in a perpetual (sp?) state of rebooting.
It gets to lilo, loads the kernel, then reboots over and over and over and over .........
????What the heck did I do????
I can boot the Slack cd and mount hda. I have no idea what to check for from there. I've been using Linux/Slack for about a year now and have been able to get myself out of most jambs but this one has me stumped.
It sounds like something else is going on... maybe check /etc/inittab for the default runlevel? I'd also take a look at the files in /var/log. Oh, and you might look through the init scripts in /etc/rc.d also.
Sorry I can't tell you exactly what to look for, but I hope this helps.
Look in lilo.conf for a lone "6" at the end of the kernel line or an "append=" line of the active/default stanza.
Explanation of #2
Both lilo & GRUB allow the passing of a an run level to init (see man init) from their menus (see man lilo.conf or http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html). Usually we only see "1", "S", or "s" being passed, & that in the context of a failsafe or recovery mode -- all 3 indicate run level 1, single user mode.
Once I added 2 joke stanzas to a GRUB menu.lst: 1 w/ a "6", the other w/ a "0". I'm not sure which is funnier to foist on the unsuspecting.
In any case, the reboot looping you describe could be achieved this way.