FC6 boot issue - please help

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Thu Jun 28 15:18:08 UTC 2007

Parth Pathak wrote:
> Hi Karl,
> after finding for atleast 8 hours, I figured out its selinux.
> I am sure updates included 23 packages and one of them was for selinux 
> (for sure).
> with rescue CD, I tried disabling selinux from /etc/selinux/config 
> file and I was able to reboot it successfully.
> but when I enable selinux (permissive of enforcing) and try rebooting, 
> it stops at reboot with the same error.
> I believe selinux tries to label the filesystem at startup and fails 
> to do so hanging the reboot to.
> this machine is public network sometimes and I cant afford to have 
> security disabled by selinux.
> How should I move ahead? I looked into selinux problems on net but 
> there is no pointer to such thing.
> one more question?? am I mailing in the right group? I mean it looks 
> like I am the only newbie here and there may be some other group of 
> fedora where starters like me can actually interact without disturbing 
> others.
> thanks for reply,
> regards
> parth
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Karl Larsen <k5di at zianet.com>
> To: For users of Fedora <fedora-list at redhat.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 7:50:08 AM
> Subject: Re: FC6 boot issue - please help
> Parth Pathak wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I have been using FC6 for almost 6 months without any problems till
> > today. I upgraded several available packages through package manager
> > alert and upon reboot I could not get the system up and running again.
> >
> > it gave me an error regarding file systems like -
> > *** An error occurred during the file system check.
> > *** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot
> > ...
> > Give root password for maintenance
> > (or type Control-D for normal startup):
>     It sounds like something you downloaded messed up the file system.
> Did you try using Control-D and what happened?
>     If you can remember what you downloaded it might help.
>     The rescue disk lets you mount your system to the small system on
> the CD. Then you can go to your system and change things. I just looked
> at my fstab and I may have a problem too :-)    The swap files look wierd.
>     There are some applications you can run that clean up a file system.
> Been a few years since I had to do that. It is like e2fstak or something
> like that and it will be on the rescue disk
> Karl
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Hi Parth, this is a good list and many here are new. Your problem was 
serious and not many were willing to answer you call.

Selinux is a work in progress. It works so well most IT people I know 
turn it off. I have it off on my computer. Now there are 65 trained 
hackers at NMSU a mile away. They get tired of Windows and like to 
attack Linux. If it gets bad I just go to the college and we find the 
guy and ask him to stop.


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