Boot failure - no inittab! Debian 2.0.38

Posted on 2000-01-26
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My CorelLinux (Debian) was disk thrashing too much and was causing a major slowdown.  I then issued a reboot command and it told me no mountable partitions on fstab... You don't exist... Go away.
So I cold booted and on bootup Linux stops and says "No inittab found - enter run level".
I enter ANY runlevel and it says "No more processes left in this runlevel".
Understandable - but how can I restore?

I have created a rescue disk.
Question by:kevjack

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I guess you don't have a rescuebootdisk. :( Try booting in single usermode. That is, booting the image you've always booted with 'single' as a appendstatement on the bootprompt lilo gives. Succes

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Your drive has died or has serious problems, the hint is in the fact that this drive couldn't be mounted any more.  The only reason why Linux is working is because you are in initrd, but inittab (a file on that hard disk) can't be found, because the hard disk can't be mounted.

You are going to have to setup on a new drive, or try to access it with a floppy rescue system, maybe you can salvage the drive ... maybe :(

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