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Old 04-01-2004, 01:28 AM   #1
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runlevel required after install

I just installed Slackware 9.1 and it is asking me for my runlevel.

I get to LiLo and I select the only option (labeled "Linux").

After hitting enter, I get a few screens of information that scroll by. I am greeting with the following:
> INIT: version 2.84 booting
> INIT: no inittab file found

> Enter runlevel:

I have tried to enter a few options: 1, 2, 3, and 0. However, they all result in the same error:
> INIT: Entering runlevel: #
> INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

Any suggestions?
Old 04-01-2004, 06:34 AM   #2
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It looks like something went very wrong with your install. Try pressing ESC at LILO and typing "Linux init=/bin/bash". This should get you a shell. You could then look at the machine and attempt to recreate the /etc/inittab file.

If this is a fresh install or you don't feel confident writing a new inittab from scratch then it may be simpler to just try reinstalling.
Old 04-01-2004, 12:44 PM   #3
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I pretty much followed the directions/suggestions here:

I will list as much as I can recall what I did incase someone sees a 'red flag' .

I have attempted to install Gentoo 14 times and Slackware 2 times prior with problems each time. I have swapped out all of my hardware for new stuff. So, I have a hard time believing that my failed attempts are due to hardware issues.

My current setup:
ECS Mainboard
AMD Duron 1.8 CPU
PNY 152 PC2100 RAM
Western Digital 8MB Cache 160GB Hard Drive
Pioneer DVD Drive
Antec 300 Watt Power Supply
Video - whatever I have sitting around

Could this have anything to do with how I chose to partition my drives?
I believe I did the following:
> swap [1024MB]
> / [1024MB]
> /home [rest of drive ~151552MB]
> /usr [8192MB]
> /etc [2048MB]

According to, they recommend doing:
> swap
> /
> /home
> /usr
> /var (optional)

Upon choosing how to format my drives, I did "Check - Slow format that checks for bad blocks".

I put the "Standard Linux ext2fs filesystem" on all of my partitions.

I selected INODE Density of 4096 (default).

Under "Package Series Selection", I chose all except Gnome.

Under "Select Promting Mode" I chose "full" and let the box do its thing.

Under "Choose Linux Kernel", I don't recall which option I picked.

Under "Optional LiLo Append", I left that blank.

Under "Select LiLo Destination", I choose MBR.

Any suggestions will be grately accepted.


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