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Old 11-18-2001, 05:55 PM   #1
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respawning too fast -> doesn't boot anymore


Hi,

as I could not finish my linux properly (it seemed like my hole system was hanging, no process would start, I could not log in to any console), I had to press "Reset". During the re-boot, after trying to enter runlevel 5, it now says:

INIT: ld "1" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
.....
INIT: ld "6" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: ld "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

Well, I waited for five minutes, and it showed the same again. Does anyone have an idea what happened, or (much better) how I can fix it?

Thanks,

Alex
 
Old 11-18-2001, 06:25 PM   #2
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Hard to say w/o a proper view on the system, but the "spawning to fast" usually involves a process invoked from init (like mgetty) being unable to write to a device like /dev/tty or /dev/log (syslog) which could happen if the root partition is mounted read-only (maybe due to fsck problems) or the node has somehow been destroyed, or wasn't made at all (aborted install?).

If you're totally unsure if the install did hang at 50,75 or 99% IMO it would be better to simply reinstall, just to be sure. Else boot in rescue mode, check if the disk mounts cleanly, and if it mounts ok in read/write mode try if running the makedev script in /dev helps. Since the disk prolly didn't mount in read/write mode, it's possible /var/log/(dmesg,messages) doesn't contain a clue, but its always good to check the logs as a starting point. Also, since it's an install, maybe there are some logs in /tmp.

To run in recue mode use either the cdr, add "init=/bin/sh" at the bootprompt, or "linux single", depending on config/distro. This will drop you in single user mode to make repairs etc etc.
 
Old 11-18-2001, 07:43 PM   #3
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After booting in rescue mode, I looked in /var/log/messages. The (in my opinion) most important things it says are:

init: trying to re-exec init
failed to start X-Server several times, disabling display:0
init: Id "x" respawning too fast
The last two entries are logged in the same second. 15 seconds later there is:

init: Id "4" respawning too fast

And that is the last entry there. Maybe I should mention that a few minutes before my system crashed, I updated my glibc from 2.2 to 2.4, but something was wrong with the glibc rpm, so that I could only update glibc-common and glibc-devel, but not the actual glibc rpm. Probably this has something to do with it.

dmesg didn't show much information, only:

EXT2-fs warning: mounting unchecked fs

So I ran e2fsck, but it didn't help.

Well, I hope this is not too much irrelevant information. Maybe somebody has any clue. If not, this might be the right moment to update to RH 7.2.

Alex
 
  


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