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Old 04-22-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
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Exim4 can't start - getopt: command not found

I have been unable to get debian to automatically load into Gnome desktop since the last update. I got a message saying that I needed to start EXIM4 manually but I got the error "Exim4 can't start - getopt: command not found". I get the same error after trying to reload exim4. There are apparently some missing dependancies. Being a noob at this I really don't know where to start.
When I restarting Debian it would not boot all the way. It stops with this message on the screen

Switching to guest configuration:_

I booted as a single user and I got this error message. I could get everything as the message scrolled off the screen too fast. This part was still visible.

Invalid card number.
Usage: amixer ,options> [command]

It then listed the help commands for amixer I guess. Too long to add here. At the end before the prompt it read

Give root password for maintenance.
(or type control-D to continue).

If I type Control-D I get back to the original message
Switching to Guest configuration.

If I enter the root password I can then manually started Gnome desktop with startx command.

At first I was getting errors in Synaptic that the Sarge repository was not found. I think this was the source of my problems. I manually edited the conf file and added the new Sarge link. It fixed my synaptic problem but I still can't seem to pass this error. I would hate to have to reinstall Debian linux from scratch.

Any help would be appreciated. Please let me know if I need to post more information,
Old 04-23-2009, 12:21 AM   #2
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Thx to a previous post in this forum by BezDomny regarding a similar issue, this bash command fixed my problem

# apt-get install util-linux

Everything started to work again and I was able to complete upgrading Linux.



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