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greg108 08-25-2004 05:01 PM

fedora messed up after debian installation
I can't boot fedora after I was playing with debian on one of my partitions

It goes to INIT level 5
then it says unable to open fstab for writing: read only file system [failed]
then it goes through a few more things and it hangs on Starting system logger:

How can I fix that?
I mean I can reinstall the whole thing but I want to learn how to fix it.

CD rescue option doesn't help. It gets stack on somewhere and it takes me to the console

Actually after 10 minutes it moved on and it said that can't start X
But it let me login in a text mode.
I tried to startx but there is whole bunch of strange errors. Like:
xinit: no such file
xinit: no such process
xauth: error in locking authority file /root/.Xauthority

It seems like I don't have this file .Xauthority.

Any ideas?

Thanks for help

greg108 08-26-2004 01:34 PM

I think my problem is that, no matter what level, my system starts as read only filesystem. And does not switch to read/write.

Do you guys have any ideas?

mjmwired 08-26-2004 02:40 PM

Well what did you change when playing with Debian?

Just a possibility: maybe you messed up your grub.conf?

greg108 08-26-2004 03:06 PM

I didn't change anything that could affect fedora partition. At least nothing by my choice.

I don't think it's a grub.conf because grub works fine. It boots all other distros. Also first time I installed Debian I just skipped the grub installation. Second time I installed grub in Debian partition and now I have chainload. But that was after Fedora was messed up and grub works fine anyway.

So I don't think it's a grub.conf

Can you think about anything else?

greg108 08-26-2004 03:08 PM

Also where is this file (log) that contains everything that is displayed on boot up?

Blinker_Fluid 08-26-2004 05:29 PM

What does your /etc/fstab show?

greg108 08-26-2004 06:12 PM

my fstab:
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
LABEL=/home /home ext3 defaults 1 2
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0

mjmwired 08-26-2004 09:15 PM

Logs. For quick access run 'dmesg | less'. For the logs, look in '/var/log/'

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