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    Default can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Hello,

    I use OSS11.3. Today when is started my laptop i got message on the screen
    which was smth like this:
    INIT: /etc/inittab[1000]: process field too long
    ...
    INIT: /etc/inittab[1005]: process field too long

    Enter runlevel:

    and when I enter a runlevel (I have tried 3, and 5) I get

    INIT: Entering runlevel: 3 (or 5)
    INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

    and system it hangs.

    How can I repair my system ?
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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Seems that your /etc/inittab is corrupted. Anny idea why?

    You could try runlevel 0 (zero). You may get a login prompt then (or get loged in atomaticaly). In this special case: login with root.
    Then check the file e.g. with
    Code:
    cat /etc/inittab
    Try to report what you get. As we do not know what you will find there, it is a bit difficult to decide what next.
    When the 1000 and 100005 are line numbers, that is ridiculous and it couls be overwritten completely.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Seems that your /etc/inittab is corrupted. Anny idea why?
    Well i have no idea why, as I remember i was not doing anything unusual and
    system shutdown was normal.
    I will try runlevel 0
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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Try the 0 directly in the bootscreen.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Try the 0 directly in the bootscreen.
    same thing.
    rlevel field too long (max 11 characters)
    id field too long (max 4 characters)
    INIT: no more processes left in this runlevel

    Can i fix system with live cd ?
    You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count. Winnie the Pooh

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    In principle you can fix with a live CD. But it depends on the damage how this works out. Again, with a live CD you can at least mount the / partition (e.g. on /mnt) and then have a look at /mnt/etc/inittab. The problem is what to put there when it is overwritten (something akin to what is on the live CD?). Also I doubt if only /etc/inittab is corrupt (when we can not explain what happened, anything could have happened, dark future may be ).
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    (when we can not explain what happened, anything could have happened, dark future may be ).
    Yes, the dark force strong with this matter is...
    smells like reinstall...
    You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count. Winnie the Pooh

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    reinstalled, the mistery wanished to entroy..
    You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count. Winnie the Pooh

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    Default Re: can't boot OSS11.3 /etc/inittab failed

    Let us hope it will never return again.

    Enjoy!
    Henk van Velden

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