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Old 01-11-2003, 04:05 AM   #1
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System hang on boot (rc.sysinit)

Hey guys. I'm pretty much stumped on this one.

I decided to comment out Redhat's code for setting the system font out of rc.sysinit because it takes away my penguin on my high-res console. However, I inadvertantly hosed rc.sysinit, and now my system hangs on "starting syslog."

So I tried to get around this by passing params to my kernel such as: "emergency" "single" and "rescue" but to no avail. I can get a single user prompt, but the / filesystem is mounted in readonly mode (automatically on boot), and therefore I can't change back rc.sysinit. Unfortunately, I can't unmount /. When I type umount / nothing happens... so I can't manage to get the filesystem to come back in a writeable mode. I even have a bootdisk, but it tries to use the rc files from the h/d so the situation does not change.

Anyway, I would appreciate help on this issue... basically I need to get my filesystem back in read/write mode so I can fix the stuff.

Thanks folks,

Last edited by barrowaj; 01-11-2003 at 11:02 AM.
Old 01-11-2003, 09:21 AM   #2
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You might get lucky and someone has a miracle cure for you. From what I see, if you weren't a big believer in backups, you probably will become a fanatic for them.

Boot the Red Hat CD and see if you can use it's rescue capability to start your system.

If not, try a Custom reinstall with no partitioning or extra software install.

Good luck
Old 01-11-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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Hmm... well I beleive that there has to be a way to get a read/write mount (at least with a bootdisk) without loading my drive's rc.sysinit. Otherwise it would be impossible debug the init files unless they were on another drive...

Unfortunately I don't have the Redhat CD as I did a 'net install on my machine. Thanks for the suggestion though

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Old 01-11-2003, 11:10 AM   #4
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Why don't you use a mini linux distro? Get one of them linux distro's that fit on a floppy and boot from that. Or if you have a knoppix cd lying around some where, use that.
Old 01-11-2003, 05:01 PM   #5
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mount -oremount,rw /

This will umount/mount the named filesystem with the new options.
Old 01-11-2003, 05:34 PM   #6
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Malicious, thanks for the tip!

I was unawaure of how to to that. I was reading the man files for mount and umount, but it seems I could not unmount the file system because it was my root filesystem. But if mount has an option for remounting, thats great.

Anyway, I fixed this problem using a Mandrake 8.1 disk I had laying around. If anyone wants to know I hated Mandrake, its like all the stuff most people complain about Redhat except worse!


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