on Wed, Jan 04, 2006 at 04:46:04PM -0700, jonathan ferguson (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: > hi. > > For mysterious reasons a Dual-boot (Windows/Linux) Toshiba 5105-s901 > running Debian/GNU 3.1 Sarge 2.6.8 (with updates) suddenly fails to > mount read-write the root partition during boot. This can indicate a problem with the filesystem is throwing errors. Your root filesystem is typically mounted with an 'errors=remount-ro' option, meaning the drive is remounted read-only if an error occurs. The other possibility is that it's never getting remounted writeable during the boot process, when running /etc/init.d/checkroot.sh, also often because of filesystem issues. Check your system logs and/or 'dmesg' output for any errors. > For about 3 months *after* i had installed a new Toshiba 100GiB drive, > the system has worked beautifully. The system is not partitioned in my > traditional / /usr /var /home /tmp scenario, and instead uses one ext3 > file system for / /usr /var /tmp, and another partition for /home. > Manual fsck -fv /dev/hdXN of the root partition shows the drive to be > "perfectly healthy." Booting from KNOPPIX, blasting /etc/mtab > experimentally, and fsck'ing reveals nothing. OK. Watch your boot process carefully. Try booting single user ('single' at your GRUB/LILO prompt, after the kernel spec) and manually go to multiuser mode (just exit the admin shell). > The fstab looks good to me, and has not been changed since i installed > the new hard drive. I did install autofs and configured it to watch > over /mnt. Nothing can write to the drive, and thusly, diagnostic > information is available only while booting. A great many startup > scripts exit on the error: "Read-only file system." Triple-check your autofs config. If that's the change, try disabling it and seeing if the problem disappears. Peace. -- Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/ What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? If you ever wanted to know what a person with acute paranoia looks like, just keep watching.
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