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Old 09-01-2009, 06:49 AM   #1
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Error Message "Press Ctrl+d or provide root password

Hi Guyzz,

I receive the error message "Press Ctrl+d or provide root password" when I boot my Red Hat Enterprise Version 5.0.

I request you to assist me in this regard.....
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when do you get this message?? while booting??

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Old 09-01-2009, 07:06 AM   #3
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I have only seen this at boot time.

I have seen this message on SCO systems and it was not an error. It allows you to enter maintenance mode (when you provide the root password) or to continue with the normal boot. The latter would timeout on the SCO system so the system would come up automatically (e.g. after a reboot). Is there an actual problem displayed just before that? I don't have experience with RHEL.
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Mostly this is when there is a problem with the file system.
The error message should give you more info
run fsck manualy
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Either press CTRL+D to attempt to boot normally, or give the root password and fsck everything.
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There can be several causes of that message. What are the last boot messages before it appears?


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