Help with crash Fedora Core 4

akonstam at akonstam at
Sun Dec 4 15:06:07 UTC 2005

On Sat, Dec 03, 2005 at 07:26:44PM -0600, dan wrote:
> Howdy,
> I was installing Audacity  when I encountered a total lock-up failure. 
> After reboot, the only thing that comes up is GNU GRUB
> (grub>)  I tried to reinstall off of my original distro disks using the 
> upgrade mode because I have gobs of files that I presently can not get 
> to and I don't want to wipe the hard drive clean and start over loosing 
> all my data. When I try to do the reinstall/upgrade I get an error 
> message telling me that /usr/tmp is a directory and should be a symbolic 
> link I should return it to the state of a symbolic link and restart the 
> upgrade.
> Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated..
Steve Ringwald has a useful approach but I would do all this using
linux rescue and in his solution he assumes that his boot partition
is on its own partition. We have no evidence that is true on your
system so take note of that is trying to do what he suggests.

But as too your original question /usr/tmp should be symbolically
linked to /var/tmp.

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