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just survived from unbootable system - what was wrong?

hello all

one of the differences between debian and windows was that debian did
not turn numlock on by default while booting.

in my quest for finding a solution for this problem, i came across a
script on this mailing list which claimed to do this. here is the

for tty in $INITTY; do
setleds -D +num < $tty

i made a file setleds in /etc/init.d and created a link named S20setleds
to it in /etc/rc2.d as was suggested in the post.

and disaster struck. my system refused to give me a login prompt!! i did
init=/bin/bash at lilo. this gave me a prompt but mounted filesystem
readonly. how do i make it read-write?

lastly, i booted from installation cd and mounted my filesystem, removed
the link and could get to boot in normally.

what is wrong with the script? is there any way in which i can make num
lock turned on on all virtual consoles?

sandip p deshmukh

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