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Re: cannot access machine after apt-get dist-upgrade

From: Daniel Burrows <dburrows@debian.org>
To: Robert Cates <cates58@hotmail.com>
CC: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: cannot access machine after apt-get dist-upgrade
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 06:27:43 -0700
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On Sun, Jun 03, 2007 at 11:58:55AM +0000, Robert Cates <cates58@hotmail.com> was heard to say: > this is going to be my new server, so there's no GUI, only text mode, and
> it gets all the way to the login prompt, but the machine will not take
> keyboard (USB, which is what I always used) input. As I was saying, I can > see during the bootup that the network cards are not started, but I can't > tell why, so I'm therefore also unable to access the machine per remote SSH.

  OK -- have you tried booting with init=/bin/sh?  I'm betting you still
won't be able to type, but it might be worth a try.  You could also try
booting a live CD and using it to examine the system logs for clues about
what's happening.

Here's another thought: have you been loading the USB/network modules from
/etc/modules or from udev/hotplug?


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Um, how do I set the boot option init=/bin/sh if I can't access the machine?

Well, I can't tell from where the USB/network modules are loading from. Is this a difference between kernels 2.6.8 and 2.6.18?

I guess I'll probably have to use a Live CD, I was hoping though that maybe somebody on the list already knows right where the problem is.


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