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Old 07-07-2005, 03:11 PM   #1
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system hangs when booting in root

Can anyone tell me why my system hangs when booting in root , but boots normally when in usr. This is the output of fsck

root@pc1:/home/paul# fsck /dev/hda1
fsck 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
WARNING: bad format on line 7 of /etc/fstab
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Will read-only check consistency of the filesystem on /dev/hda1
Will put log info to 'stdout'

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reiserfsck --check started at Mon Jan 4 05:00:25 1999
Partition /dev/hda1 is mounted with write permissions, cannot check it

Here is a copy of my etc/fstab

/dev/hda1 / reiserfs defaults 1 1
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /win ntfs umask=0222 0 0

I would appreciate the help
Old 07-07-2005, 03:59 PM   #2
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Maybe there is hidden char in fstab ?
try :
egrep [[:alnum:]] /etc/fstab > /etc/
mv /etc/ /etc/fstab
Also to fsck /dev/hda1, do it from a bootable CD
(like slackware CD 1 or CD 2)
Old 07-07-2005, 09:10 PM   #3
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Partition /dev/hda1 is mounted with write permissions, cannot check it
You need to mount it as read-only, that's usually done automatically on boot (mount as read-only, check it, then remount it as read-write).
You can use some booteable linux CD, like Slackware's CD 1 or 2, mount and check the partition.

PS: Maybe it's not checked on boot because of the error on line 7. Check if you've hidden characters as keefaz suggested.


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