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Old 02-13-2008, 01:36 PM   #1
gvaught
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Unhappy New install won't start at any run level


I have downloaded two separate, stable releases of Debian 4 (Etch). When I try the install I end up at the same point after installation and reboot - the last lines on the screen are something to this effect:
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inittab not found
Enter a run level:
I have tried entering '5', '3', '0', even '6' and gotten nowhere. Everything I enter gives the same response: "No more processes at this run level" and then it hangs.

I have booted to Knoppix LiveCD and looked - /etc/inittab exists. The only thing I can find that COULD be amiss is that the default run level is '2' rather than '5'.

After considerable thought, the ONLY thing I can think of is that I am mounting a partition/filesystem as /etc rather than letting it reside in the / partition/filesystem. This seems, to me, to be a bug but I don't find anyone else having this issue.

Does anybody have any other thoughts?
 
Old 02-13-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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I think /etc needs to be in root and not in it's own partition.. else how is the system going to know how to mount the /etc t partition when it can't find the /etc/fstab file to tell it what partitions to mount where..

/etc is a small folder anyway consisting of nothing but text files and links.. no reason for it to be on it's own partition.

You need to re-install and leave /etc in /

and Runlevel 2 is correct for Debian in the inittab file. runlevels 2-5 are all configured the same in Debian.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by gvaught View Post

After considerable thought, the ONLY thing I can think of is that I am mounting a partition/filesystem as /etc rather than letting it reside in the / partition/filesystem. This seems, to me, to be a bug but I don't find anyone else having this issue.
Linux uses /etc/fstab to find out what filesystems are mounted on what mount point. If you are using the /etc directory as a mount point then Linux is unable to find fstab to determine what is mounted on /etc. Therefore /etc cannot be used as a mount point.

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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DONK!!! (Picture me slapping my palm against my forehead like V-8 advert)

To get two responses indicating the exact same cause of my issue (dumb me!) is pretty indicative of the error. I'll get right on this, ASAP.
 
  


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