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Re: emergency shutdown?

If I just type 'rescue' at the boot prompt I get the slightly different
error message 'Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:00', so
this doesn't provide me with the chance to run fdisk, or anything else.
But, I know that I've only got hda1 thru' 4 and I've tried all of them -
thou' I know hda3 is Windows and hda4 is /home

ajlewis2@intac.com wrote:
> In linux.debian.user, you wrote:
> >
> > Okay, so the potato rescue disk seems to kick in alright, at the boot
> > prompt I type 'rescue root=/dev/hda1'.
> > I get a whole string messages as it locates some things and fails to
> > find others - seems alright to me - but ends with the line 'Kernel
> > panic: VFS: Unable to mount root on fs 03:01' at which point nothing
> > more happens!
> I assume that /dev/hda1 is really your root partition and that your kernel
> is there.  If you aren't sure, try 'fdisk -l /dev/hda' after booting just
> into rescue mode from the disk without the 'root=/dev/hda1' appended.  You
> can look it over to see that it is the correct partition.
> I would try booting just into rescue and running 'e2fsck /dev/hda1'  You
> might have to use another superblock if that fails:
> 'e2fsck -b 8193' or for filesystems with 2k blocksizes, 16384; and for 4k
> blocksizes, 32768.
> I haven't been following this; so I apologize if I'm off base here.
> Anita
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