Re: [mu TECH] Boot Failure - "Enter runlevel" message

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Thu Jan 27 2000 - 11:01:09 CET

On Fri, Jan 28, 2000 at 04:14:18AM -2800, Mardon Erbland nicely wrote:
> VFS: Mounted root (umsdos filesysytem).
> INIT: version 2.60 booting
> Enter runlevel:

Ga-gasp! You loss the critical file /etc/inittab !!!
Run muLinux from floppy, mount the DOS partition and
copy the file from your ramdisk.

> Incidentally, I also had to edit a couple of files in
> /etc (e.g. /etc/hosts, /etc/networks) in order to get the network
> going.

If you use muLinux as a normali Linux, you will impact with Setup,
in future. Setup control some /etc file, and override yours at any
boot! Only "setup -s" can save you, if you change something.

> Incidentally I know I could just re-install the entire installation and
> things would work OK but I'm trying to learn, so I'd really like to
> understand what has gone wrong and how to fix it in a somewhat more
> elegant manner than doing a re- install. Doing a re-install sounds
> like something that a Windows Help Desk would suggest! :-)

yes, this is in Windows style :-)

> BTW, I'm an extreme novice at Unix so please excuse me if I ask some
> questions that have answers which seem obvious to others. mulinux
> seems like a great way to 'get one's feet wet' with linux!

If you start your exploration in /setup/fun, you found here all I
know about Linux. When I forgot somethings, I often check this
directory: this my little HOWTO.


I'd like to conclude with a positive statement, but I can't 
remember any. Would two negative ones do?       -- Woody Allen
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