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flatstan 11-11-2011 10:26 AM

Working System will not boot, I do not understand the messages on the screen.
I am really out of my depth with this & do not understand what I am required to do, I badly need detailed help.

I am running Open SUSE 11.4, all was well until I inadvertently hit the restart button on my box during the boot process.
Now on boot it gets to the green Open SUSE screen, then a lot of white info on a black screen, at the end of this huge amount of info comes the line -
bash mount -n -o remount, rw / followed by - only control D will reboot, then followed by - give password for login:_.

I enter my root password, then in red the line - (repair filesystem) # comes up, then if I enter "y" an error message comes up, if I enter "yes" then a single y repeats continually down the screen.

If I enter "help" at any prompt a lot of stuff that I really do not understand comes up.

I have tried booting from my installation DVD & choosing "repair system", then a line - rescue login appears.
I enter my root password, then the line
rescue:~ # comes up, if I enter yes then continuing y's appear as above.
Help please !!!!!!!!!!! I am lost.

kevindo2020 11-11-2011 10:34 AM

Maybe a hard drive went bad?
It's my first response to LQ, so please don't scold at me if I post something ridiculous...

If my guess is correct, you can reboot your machine into single-user mode, then use vi to remove all the non-critical mount. Maybe your one of your mounts such as /home, /tmp, /var, etc. were mounted from a bad partition or disk?

ozanbaba 11-11-2011 10:35 AM

You damaged your file system and fsck does not do automatic repair probably it is very damaged or fsck command lacks -y

flatstan 11-14-2011 07:13 AM

SUSE won't boot
Hi, thanks for your replies, but they are not helpful as I don't understand
your terminology.

ozanbaba 11-14-2011 07:24 AM

flatstan 11-15-2011 12:35 PM

SUSE won't boot
I followed the link & read the info, thanks very much works a treat.
I entered my PW at prompt, entered "fsck -y" at "repair system #" prompt, was prompted to reboot, used cntrl d,
system rebooted & all was well - great. Simple when you know how, as you obviously do.
Where can I find a list of useful commands such as "fsck" & info on what they do ?
Thanks again, Regards flatstan.

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