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Re: A Debian Lenny machine declined to work

On 22.11.2009 23:14, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 22, 2009 at 10:09:55PM +0200, Jari Fredriksson wrote:
> [..]
>> It boots, finds the hard disk, and loads stuff. Last stuff it prints on
>> screen is usual boot stuff, and in addition to that Arno's Firewall
>> output. I think that is normally printed to screen console. All logging
>> should be logged via syslog to my main server, but nothing happends now.
>> The console does not show login prompt, and the machine seems to be dead
>> or otherwise dead after the boot. It does not route network, and does
>> not allow me to log in and study logs.
> does it respond to pings? can you ssh in? 

No, ping says "no route to ..."

> have you tried booting into single-user mode? 

Yes, same issue. No login prompt or anything.

> is it locked up hard or does the keyboard (capslock, numlock) respond?
> Any response from the magic Alt-SysRq?

I have not tried those. But Ctrl-Alt-Del does not do anything, that I
tested. Dead meat.

>> If only the NIC was broken it should allow me to log in from
>> console, right?
> if it previously allowed console login, I would assume it would
> continue to do so unless, in general.
>> What might cause this? It boots but not fully. No error messages in
>> console. It just does not do anything useful.
> if it is locked hard that would point to some hardware problem,
> otherwise I would look for recent updates for a clue. Some boot
> process is failing to terminate.

I believe it is a hardware problem. But still disk works, it loads
scripts from /etc/init.d. At least /etc/init.d/arno-firewall as it
printes the output to console.



Stop!  There was first a game of blindman's buff.  Of course there was.
And I no more believe Topper was really blind than I believe he had eyes
in his boots.  My opinion is, that it was a done thing between him and
Scrooge's nephew; and that the Ghost of Christmas Present knew it.  The
way he went after that plump sister in the lace tucker, was an outrage
on the credulity of human nature.

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