Boot failure: /var/lock/subsys and / itself is read-only

Andy Green andy at
Thu Dec 8 07:55:38 UTC 2005

dev.loop at wrote:

> I started up2date and downloaded all the packages last week, but didnt
> get to actually install them. (illness got in the way) Unfortunately a
> reboot was done before the packages were installed and now FC3 doesnt
> boot anymore, complaining about the root filesystem being read-only.
> Any ideas ?

Sounds like the filesystem may be in need of an fsck.  Boot into the
rescue environment by inserting CD1 of the install media and typing

linux rescue

once it comes up determine the device and partition with the root
filesystem and fsck it.

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