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Old 01-17-2008, 10:58 PM   #1
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fedora 7 failsafe session HELP

I booted my Fedora 7 x86 and got this message
Your session only lasted less than 10 seconds. If you have not logged out yourself, this
could mean that there is some installation problem or that you may be out of disk space.
Try logging with one of the failsafe sessions to see if you can fix this problem.

View details (~/.Xsession-errors file)
when I checked details it states

localuser: Craig being added to local control list

I know I have about 85% free disk space

Please help me, how do I login to fail safe session and how do I fix this. I am learning but please keep it as idiot proof as possible.
Thank you

Old 01-19-2008, 08:43 AM   #2
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Power on your system. Wait for the "Grub loading" message to appear and, depending on your Linux distribution, get ready to hit either any key or the ESC key to enter the grub boot menu.

Grub loading, please wait ...
Press ESC to enter the menu


Grub loading, please wait ...
Press any key to enter the menu

press esc (or whatever it says these days) and you will get a menu with different configurations to boot into. Pick the one called failsafe.

This will give you a terminal.

In the terminal, you want to read the files in /var/log/messages (and /var/log has x-server logs too - check them), with any luck there is a clue in there.

You should take this opportunity to make a backup.

Also run a filesystem test:

man fsck
Old 01-20-2008, 01:53 AM   #3
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Thank you for responding

Thank you for responding. I took it to a local Fedora developer worked with him for 3 hrs. finally got it up. I have only been playing with linux for 6 months I never would have figured it out. I had lost a ton of files.


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