Red Hat nash problem
james at westexe.demon.co.uk
Mon Sep 13 16:37:47 UTC 2004
Tom "Nifty Hat" Mitchell was helping Jeremy Conlin.
> Are you seeing the graphical boot screen or the old style
> text display with a the green OK messages. In text mode
> it can be easier to see errors.
> I see a graphical grub allowing me to up or down arrow to select which
> kernel to boot (or I can push one of several different keys to add
> additional options.)
You'll need one of those options. Press "e" to edit the line. Delete
"rhgb quiet" from the line that's got them (it should start "kernel..."
The "quiet" gets rid of some of the boot-up messages: you want to see
them all. RHGB is the Red Hat Graphical Boot: without it, you get the
old-style text boot. This both has less to go wrong and is better for
> Can you boot to any of these initstates?
> # 1 - Single user mode
> # 2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3,
> if you do not have networking)
> # 3 - Full multiuser mode
> # 5 - X11
The easiest way to temporarily boot to a different init state is by
adding (a space and) the appropriate number to the end of the kernel
boot line you've just edited...
> In rescue mode can you comment out the fstab lines
> for your SCSI RAID files system and if so does the box boot.
Jeremy got frightened ;-)
> You are beginning to get way outside of my area of expertise. I don't
> even know what fstab is but I would love to know. Keep in mind that I
> cannot exclude the SCSI RAID device(s) because that is where my hard
> drives are.
Don't worry: we'll guide you.
Can you use the command line to find your way around the Linux file tree?
In the /etc directory (where system-level configuration is kept), you'll
find a file called fstab. This lists all the filesystems known to the
system (a filesystem is what you put on a partition when you format it).
Use cat or less (or more, if you're used to it) to view it.
The comment symbol for fstab is the hash (#). If you put that at the
beginning of a line, Fedora will ignore it. This means that you can put
# Jeremy took this out to get the system to boot
in there, or put a hash at the beginning of an otherwise valid line to
disable it (yet make it easy to re-enable it).
If you have a preferred editor use that. If not, see if nano is
installed on your box. Practice on a safe file somewhere first!
You will need to use nano -w to stop it line-wrapping.
Ask if you have any more questions, and let us know how you get on.
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