LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 07-26-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
gray53
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu, Puppy
Posts: 52

Rep: Reputation: 15
Boot hangs at "activating swapfile swap" in Ubuntu 9.04


http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=551976

ctrl+alt+del works for me, but what does it do? Is is unwise to skip this step?
 
Old 07-26-2009, 07:46 PM   #2
blackhole54
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,896

Rep: Reputation: 61
I had never heard of using ctrl+alt+del for this before. The thread you linked to was for an installation done with wubi. Is that how you installed Ubuntu?

I gather after ctrl+alt+del the computer proceeded to boot into Ubuntu? If so, after it boots, you might check to make sure it has swap enabled. Try typing:

Code:
swapon -s
If nothing is listed, then you do not have any swap and you might want to investigate further.
 
Old 08-22-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
asola
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2009
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1
I have the same problem, my boot also waits almost 2 minutes at boot after "Activating swapfile swap"

I wouldn' recommend interrupting it with Alt+Ctrl+Del since other programs may need the results of that step.

For example, if i interrupt it, the PostgreSQL database service will not start (fail).
 
Old 08-22-2009, 06:39 PM   #4
blackhole54
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,896

Rep: Reputation: 61
asola,

I didn't get a response from the OP. Can you tell me if your are using an installation done using wubi or a regular install? I am just looking for information in case it turns out to be useful in helping somebody else.

Thanks.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
gray53
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu, Puppy
Posts: 52

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Yes, it was a Wubi install. Sorry, I haven't had a chance to try swapon-s. Thanks!
 
Old 08-24-2009, 03:58 AM   #6
asola
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2009
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 1
@blackhole54

My install was done using Unetbootin (similar method to Wubi but not inside Windows. My install runs as an independent instance, on its own ext4 partition.

My Toshiba m200 doesn't have a CDROM and doesn't boot from USB so I used Unetbootin from my Hardy install to download the Jaunty image and create a boot entry. Then I installed normally. After the install I manually had to copy the kernel image because the Ubuntu installer fails to do this when running. Other than this, my install should be pretty standard.
 
Old 08-24-2009, 05:41 AM   #7
blackhole54
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,896

Rep: Reputation: 61
Thanks to both of you for responses. I did find this bug filed on launchpad. I don't know if it will apply to gray53 or not. Since it is wubi specific, it won't apply to asola. In this case the person filing the bug report was using a FAT partition and the solution involved moving it to an NTFS partition. The post with that solution is here. I did learn from that thread that cleaning the /tmp directory comes after activating swap, and apparently the swap message is still the last thing on the screen. So if either of you see a lot of hard disk activity while that message is there, maybe you just have a lot of files in /tmp for it to delete? Sorry I can't be more helpful.

I still (even after a somewhat quick Google search) don't know exactly what ctrl-alt-del does during a Ubuntu boot. If anybody could enlighten me, I would appreciate it. Is this specific to Ubuntu or do other distros respond the way? Thanks.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fedora 3 hangs on "Enabling swap space" tewald Fedora - Installation 16 04-14-2010 08:56 AM
Fedora 3 boot hangs after "Enabling swap space: [OK]" Voroojack Fedora 2 11-29-2005 09:21 AM
FC2 1.521 hangs after "enabling swap space" Oxxide Fedora - Installation 2 10-30-2004 05:19 PM
Mandrake 10.0 Laptop Won't Boot Past "Activating Swap Partitions"? Aaron Josephson Linux - Software 0 06-26-2004 08:02 PM
boot freezes on "activating swap partition" sometimes dabicho Linux - Software 4 10-05-2003 10:53 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:36 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration