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Old 01-22-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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root is read only / suse 9.2

I had recently gotten a new dvd drive, and I installed it... taking out an old drive and ended up rearranging my windows and linux drives. Just today I decided to boot back into linux, and I got a problem because it could not find root. This was because I put the suse and windows drives in a different order, so I changed them back, and now it detects it but I get an error saying fsck failed becuase the drive is read only. It tells me a command to use 'mount -n -o remount,rw /' and says press ctrl D when you are done because it is special maitenance mode. Then It asks for root password. So I follow the directions and reboot, and I get the same error. So I eneted the command again and ran fsck. It had an error. So far I dont know what to do. Can anyone help?
Old 01-23-2005, 01:04 PM   #2
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Hmm, I could have told you how to proceed after the first problem. Maybe it still helps: If the partition table has changed (lets say hda2 is now hda3 because you splitted hda1), you need to adjust the bootloader settings and /etc/fstab, so root becomes root again. The easiest way to do that is to boot from some kind of LiveCD (e.g. KNOPPIX), to mount the root-partiton writable and to make the necessary changes.

This may also be the best method to run the filesystem check (fsck). This tool is on knoppix as well as on the rescue system on you suse boot CD.
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I got it working. It turns out fstab had some left over information for the drive, And that was what was causing the error.


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