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/boot appears empty, but isn't ?????

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I am running out of ideas here and was hopeing that maybe someone there
could help.

I have a RedHat 6.1 installation that has been running fine. But a
couple of days ago, the /boot directory showed up empty except for
kernel.h. However the machine still boots fine. There were no changes to
the system prior to this problem.

The install was setup with the following partitions:

/boot   15mb
swap    256mb
5.7gb   /

At the same time I saw that the "lost+found" directories were missing in
/ and /boot. Those directories have been restored, but still no luck on
being able to read anything else in the /boot partition.

I have manually unmounted /boot and remounted it, but it didn't help. I
also tried mounting it into a different directory but I had the same
results.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
George
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by:jlevie
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Sounds like you've might have damaged file systems. Try a shutdown with a forced fsck on reboot. You can arrainge for the fsck to be run by shutting the system down from a shell with "shutdown -F -r now".
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The system boots because the bootloader does not use the file system to find the kernel file. /boot directory entries may be corrupt but the blocks of the files are intact (until yout touch /boot).
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by:geboyd
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I don't know if your right or wrong, but no other suggestions cured the problem. I ended up having to do an "upgrade" from the CD. I didn't want to lose the existing / file system. I tried to reinstall without changing the partition table or reformating, but that didn't work. After I did the "upgrade", I had to to go back and reinstall a couple of things, but nothing major. It's all back to normal now.
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by:geboyd
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I forgot to mention that the reason it wouldn't just do an install was after the packages were installed, the installation would just stop. Switcing to console "f1", I saw that it was errors in python. Don't know what caused that, but doing the "upgrade" option went great.
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