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Re: /etc/nologin appearing on upgrade

On Mon, Mar 24, 2003 at 05:10:36PM +0100, Russell Coker wrote:

> On Mon, 24 Mar 2003 15:04, Russell Coker wrote:
> > I was in the middle of upgrading to today's unstable when my machine became
> > unstable.  The X server became confused and stopped accepting keyboard
> > input for unknown reasons.
> This has just happened on a second machine.  Process 1 seems to have the 
> command-line "init boot" and the system startup scripts are running.  As some 
> of the daemons are already running one of the startup scripts hangs and then 
> init doesn't get to reap defunct processes or remove the /etc/nologin file it 
> created.
> I still don't know which package caused this or why.

If DELAYLOGIN=yes in /etc/default/rcS, The boot scripts touch /etc/nologin
early in the boot process to disallow logins until the system has fully come
up (see /etc/init.d/bootmisc.sh).  So, if init were prodded into trying to
execute the boot sequence on a running system, this could happen.

 - mdz

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