[lug] Unable to cleanly reboot

Michael Deck deckm at cleansoft.com
Thu Oct 18 19:07:15 MDT 2001

Well, folks, that was it. I reinstalled onto a new HDD with a brand-new clean 
/usr and /var, and it boots and reboots like a champ. Many thanks for all the 
tips. Now, to figure out why Samba and Apache don't work any more...

On Thursday 18 October 2001 04:06 pm, you wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Michael Deck wrote:
> > What has "changed" is basically everything. I wiped out Mandrake and
> > installed RedHat. What hasn't changed is, I didn't wipe /var (because
> > that has my postgresql databases on it as well as qmail) or /export
> > (because that contains all my shared Samba file systems.)
> Were the /var and /export directories on a different file system from your
> root?  If not, it sounds like you tried simply installing over the
> existing Mandrake system.  If that is the case, we "might" be able to
> figure out what is going on here given enough time.  From a purely
> academic standpoint that would certainly be interesting.  From a more
> practical position though my guess is you need this system up as soon as
> possible.
> So ... rather than trying to blend the two distributions together it seems
> you should consider reformating the disk and making a clean reinstall.
> I'm hoping that you did back up these data you want to save?  If not, it
> would definitely be worth trying to do so now before it is too late.
> Your /var directory usually contains some state information (package
> databases, lock files, etc.).  Reinstalling without wiping this clean
> could certainly mean that you are trying to run the new KRUD with state
> information from the old Mandrake system.  That in itself could cause a
> host of problems.
> - Wayde
>   (wallen at lug.boulder.co.us)
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