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Old 08-04-2005, 07:25 AM   #1
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INIT: cannot execute /sbin/agetty

i was upgrading system with swaret and look like something went wrong
i can not login to system any more, even as root localy

geting the output:
INIT: cannot execute /sbin/agetty
respowning to fast: disabled for 5 min

what should i do?
what is wrong?

Old 08-04-2005, 07:48 AM   #2
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what did you upgrade?


you might have to roll back the packages....
Old 08-04-2005, 07:58 AM   #3
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my slackware was almost current, last updated about week ago

my machine is file server (samba,...) no x

how can i roll back the packages if i cannot login to system?
Old 08-05-2005, 02:29 PM   #4
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Since you can post, I assume you have access to at least some computer - Mutagenix ( is a wonderful rescue disc (always worked wonders for me, at least): boot off of any of the available livecds, and all of your standard partitions should be sitting and waiting for you to mount by hand in the /mnt dir once you're in (if memory serves, don't even have to define them - just "cd /mnt; mount hda1" or whatever) -- the downside to this being that the automatic package management tools will probably just screw things up more, since nothing will be where it's supposed to be...
I used swaret once, and frankly, it didn't screw my system up nearly as badly as yours seems to have ended up, but it broke so much I just did a fresh install. A lot of people seem to love it, but once was more than enough for me to decide slapt-get is my preference...
Personally I'd boot from the mutagenix disc (try the smallest one, so that you aren't stuck with a locked CD-ROM [hit F1 at boot I think, and look for the option to load the disc into RAM]), throw in my slack installation disc, find the agetty binary, and overwrite whatever's there now with the one that came with Slackware... and try a reboot without the disc.
Could also try changing your /etc/inittab so that your default run level at boot up is 4 (I've never set it that way, but it may bypass the problem you're having by going straight to the X session manager instead of the CLI apps).
Hope you figure it out without losing what's on your disk; good luck.
Old 08-06-2005, 03:41 AM   #5
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thx for advices!
the server is still waiting me to fix it, otherwise still working as should, just i cant login to it
i'll have to wait until nobody is using it

be good...
Old 08-06-2005, 04:44 AM   #6
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