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CentOS server boots, but does not show login

I have a centos 6 server that acts as my mail MTA. The  server boots but does not get to the login prompt. If i ssh to it i can login and all the services for email work as normal, just no login prompt when i plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Has anyone seen similar issue and figured out a way to resolve it. So far it hasnt caused any problems, but I am not comfortable with the way things are working currently.

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Sanga Collins

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Seth Simmons

when it's sitting at that screen with the status bar at the bottom like that, press esc to see the console

sounds like something in the startup process is hung right before the login prompt
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I had tried pressing escape. But in this instance nothing happens. I can restart the server after business hours end and try again. I'll post the results and another screen shot.

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Kerem ERSOY

Hi,

This is because Linux wants to initialize the graphic mode of the Graphic Adaptor (NOT GUI!) but it seems that the process crashes.

I want to test this but it will require you to reboot the server. Please follow these steps:

1) Remove rhgb and quiet from the "kernel" line(s) in /boot/grub/grub.conf

2) Remove  the splashimage and hiddenmenu options.

3) Type plymouth-set-default-theme details

4) Type /usr/libexec/plymouth/plymouth-update-initrd

Will you post your /var/spool/plymouth/boot.log and /var/log/boot.log files before you've shutdown.

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Sanga Collins

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Hi KeremE,

I made the modifications you suggested and have attached the two log files before restarting the server.
plymouth-boot-log.txt
var-boot-log.txt
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After making the changes and restarting, there is no difference in the log files. On the screen I see a more comprehensive log of the boot process but it still does not quite make it all the way.

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woolmilkporc

Check ACTIVE_CONSOLES in /etc/sysconfig/init.
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Hi woolmilkporc, I checked the setting you described. THis is what mine is set to

ACTIVE_CONSOLES=/dev/tty[1-6]

I checked other CentOS servers that are working and the value is the same. Is there anything else I should be looking for?

Thanks
Sanga Collins

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I was unable to find a proper solution for this before my timer ran out. I ended up building a new server as part or pre-planned expansion. Everyting is working as normal now.