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Old 07-13-2008, 08:34 AM   #1
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runlevel problems on boot


hi

I'm running PClinux 2007 and it was alright.. tried to download some debian packages but it didn't work and i found out that dpkg is not installed .. so i opened synaptic and installed dpkg and it showed me that some essintial packages will be removed , didn't know what to do so i said to my self , if it's in synaptic then it's all gonna be alright and notihing will get messy..
i hit apply
after the installation complete the screen goes black and the system reboots.

when GRUB loads and i enter linux , it takes me to verbos mode and i have to enter runlevel..
i read some topics about it and i tried to enter the whole runlevels that is described here in LQ but nothing works.. the all say:
INIT: Entering runlevel: X
INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

and the booting stuff says that no initab file found

what can i do to get to desktop and teke my files , i dont care , i can reinstall the system but the files is what matters.
thanx alot
 
Old 07-13-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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The inittab will tell the os which runlevel to boot into when it starts up, that file not being found is not a good thing:

http://linux.die.net/man/5/inittab

However, it sounds like there are probably more problems than that file simply missing. I would suggest booting to a live cd (such as knoppix) to have a look around, at the very least, you should be able to burn/transfer the files off of the disk to an external device, assuming the filesystem is alright.
 
Old 07-13-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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The inittab will tell the os which runlevel to boot into when it starts up, that file not being found is not a good thing:

http://linux.die.net/man/5/inittab

However, it sounds like there are probably more problems than that file simply missing. I would suggest booting to a live cd (such as knoppix) to have a look around, at the very least, you should be able to burn/transfer the files off of the disk to an external device, assuming the filesystem is alright.

ok then , how can i get to my desktop through a live cd .. i tried but i couldn't find the files.. i assumed that the live CD doesn't see the hda files

thank you
 
Old 07-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #4
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I'm continuing in this topic so i dont make another one in the forum
how can i use a live CD to get to my original system in order to recover my files..

being a newbe kills me..
 
Old 07-14-2008, 06:00 AM   #5
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I'm continuing in this topic so i dont make another one in the forum
how can i use a live CD to get to my original system in order to recover my files..

being a newbe kills me..
boot off it. then for example mount -t ext3 /dev/sda1 /mnt/drive (mkdir drive first).
 
Old 07-14-2008, 07:14 AM   #6
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Most (I don't know about PCLinux) live CDs will have a option in the splash screen to "Rescue installed system". Check with your CD. Also make sure you use the same version od live CD as the one installed -- else your system is as good as boched. Don't use a later CD to rescue old system.
 
  


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