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Re: can't boot after making link. Please help!!!




what command did you use to copy your directories cp -r or cp -rd ..??

Philippe


"M. Neidorff" <neidorff bellatlantic net> writes:

> Hi folks,
> 
> Well, I guess it happens to us all.  Now its my turn.  I've made the system 
> unbootable by accident and I'd like to get it back working.  Here's what 
> happened:
> 
> Did an update from 5.2 to 6.2.
> Found that the / file system filled (the installer went into the slack 
> space reserved for /)
> Couldn't start X in any form (no room on /tmp)
> 
> cp'd /tmp to /usr/local/tmp (/usr/local is a different partition).  (I of 
> course verified that everything was in /usr/local/tmp)
> mv'd /tmp to /xtmp just to save it (sanity).
> made a symlink from /usr/local/tmp to /tmp.
> 
> All seemed OK.
> rm'd the /xtmp directory.
> 
> verified that /tmp exists and is a link to /usr/local/tmp
> 
> Tried to startx again and got the message that there was not enough free 
> space on /root.  (darn)
> 
> OK, here's where things get messed up.
> 
> I followed the same set of steps to cp /bin to /usr/local/binroot , mv /bin 
> to /xbin and make a symlink between /usr/local/binroot and /bin.
> 
> Once I completed these steps, whenever I try to run a command such as 'ls', 
> I get a message that there the depth of symlinks has been exceeded.  I 
> tried to rm the symlink to no avail.
> 
> Things started to go from bad to worse as the HDD started thrashing for no 
> apparent reason.
> 
> I shutdown (could not execute some commands in the shutdown 
> script.  Shutdown didn't complete)
> 
> I tried to restart in single user mode but got the following message which 
> was repeated 6 times--once for each ID 1-6:
> 
> INIT: Id 1 respawing too fast.  Waiting for 5 minutes
> 
> 5 minutes later the same set of 6 messages appears.  Bottom line is that I 
> can't seem to boot the system in order to fix the system.
> 
> Can anyone help me get the system back up?
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> 
> Mark
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