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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002

    Computer Crashed

    hey guys, i hope you can help me here

    I was cleaning my computer and accidently pulled the plug. Now it wont boot properly. Its running
    RH8 by the way. Here is the error that it is showing up.

    INIT: /etc/inittab[40]: id field too long (max 4 characters)

    then there is a prompt like the following

    Enter runlevel:

    if i enter 0 it will go throught the shutdown process but if i enter 5, the following error occurs,
    INIT: Entering runlevel: 5
    INIT: Id "2" respawning too fast: disabled or 5 minutes
    INIT: Id "4" respawning too fast: disabled or 5 minutes
    INIT: Id "6" respawning too fast: disabled or 5 minutes

    does anyone have any idea what happened here?

    thanks in advance

  2. #2
    AO übergeek phishphreek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    I couldn't find too much on it...

    This is just a guess ... but sounds like that file was corrupted.

    I know that much of the time, it will automatically create a backup of that file when the file was changed.

    See if there is the same file in the same direcory with a ~ appended to it.

    If so, rename your current one, to something like inittab.old and rename the one with the ~ appended to it as inittab.

    Do you still have this problem if you try to boot from a linux boot floppy?

    You did backup, right?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    From your post it sounded like you were trying to enter init:0, but init:0 is shutdown in Linux. If you enter this level it will ALWAYS shutdown, so you can do this all day but it will not boot. Also don't go into init:6 either. That's a reboot level....
    Why not go into init:1 or init:3. It'll at least get you to a command prompt and you can dig around in it. You don't need a gui to fix things.....

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