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Re: Re: Need help recovering Debian that won't boot.

Check the startup messages (page up on the initial screen if you can) and 
verify that /usr is mounting correctly. I recently had a similar problem on a 
machine that had /usr installed in a partition separate from /. Without /usr 
mounted, the machine could not find grep/egrep, which breaks some important 
part of the boot process, leading to an error that sound similar to yours. If 
there is a problem with /usr; fixing that, perhaps using Knoppix, might 
restore your system to operation.

    I have a Debian server that does not complete its boot ... early on, it
    display a Copyright notice for grep, then for egrep, then for grep
    again, then for egrep again, then hangs .... I've booted the computer
    from a Knoppix CD and can see all the files, I just can't get it to boot. 

    I also tried to run fsck from Knoppix but, whether from my fault or
    otherwise, that didn't solve the problem.  At this point, I'm getting a
    little desperate.

    Any and all ideas GREATLY appreciated.
    Kenn Caldwell
    Okay, booting in single-user mode got the same results, so I used
    "linux init = /bin/bash" ....
   I'm now booted up, and I can do some tasks like changing directories ...
   but if I try to do a "ls" i get a segementation fault .... FWIW, that's
   also what I was getting when this problem first presented itself -- that
   is, I was able to boot okay, but couldn't "ls" ... now, I can't even boot.

   Where do I go from here? (Oh, and obviously, thanks for the advice.)
Did you make any changes to the system recently? Many years ago I got into a 
situation very similar to what you describe when I forced a package to 
install, leaving me with a libc6 that was incompatible with pretty much every 
program on the computer - including ls.
 As I was fairly new to the whole Linux thing back then, the easiest for me 
then was to re-install debian. Hopefully you will not have to take such 
extreme measures.
Best regards,

 Peter Hugosson-Miller

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