Booting into busybox

Andrés Muñiz Piniella a75576 at
Sun Oct 25 09:19:15 UTC 2015

El 25 de octubre de 2015 08:26:55 GMT+00:00, Narcis Garcia <informatica at> escribió:
>I recommend you to to try*:
>1. Boot from Live CD/USB
>2. Perform a memory test (boot menu)
>3. IF memtest completed clean, then boot again with Live CD/USB
>4. +IF target partition (/dev/sda1?) is mountable, THEN:
>4.1. Make a complete backup of all directories & files
>4.2. Run a complete reparation**: fsck -cy /dev/sda1

This is where I left off
Thanks! Had not done with -cy or -ccy. I learnt the -y is critical one. Last time I put a 1D6 and a paper wieght to hold the Y key down.

>4.3. Make a second backup of all directories & files repaired

If it is mounted but not writable as Tim pointed out, what is the solution?

>After fsck check, you can ask how many bad blocks were marked:
>dumpe2fs -b /dev/sda1 2>&1 | grep -ive 'dumpe2fs' | wc -l

After how many would you consider the drive to be ready for failure? Or do I let disc utility figure that out.

>(*) This recipe (as other procedures) can loss your data. I cannot sure
>you this procedure as valid without having direct access to computer.
Good warning thanks!

>(**) -cy perfoms a read only check. To perform a read&write check you
>can use -ccy (even more long in hours)
>El 25/10/15 a les 08:54, Tim ha escrit:
>> On 25/10/15 10:55, Andrés Muñiz Piniella wrote:
>>> El 24 de octubre de 2015 16:07:40 GMT+01:00, "Andrés Muñiz Piniella"
><a75576 at> escribió:
>>>> El 23 de octubre de 2015 20:31:29 GMT+01:00, "Andrés Muñiz
>>>> <a75576 at> escribió:
>>>>> El 11 de octubre de 2015 14:02:52 GMT+01:00, Erick Brunzell
>>>>> <lbsolost at> escribió:
>>>>>> On 10/11/2015 03:52 AM, Andrés Muñiz Piniella wrote:
>>>>>>> Hello,
>>>>>>> After grub and after ubuntu gnome splash screen it just loads
>>>>>> something called busybox. I then typed the command exit and it
>>>> a
>>>>>> series of messages but does not shutdown (should it shutdown?)
>>>>>>> I force reboot and force shutdown with the buttons on the
>>>>>> Same result.
>>>>>>> I tried loading previous kernel versions (.45?) With similar
>>>>> results.
>>>>>>> I am using LTS version.
>>>>>>> Please let me know what details are needed(I will probably need
>>>>>> take pictures of the screen) to get this up and running. Thanks!
>>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>>> Andrés
>>>>>> If you are able to boot a live DVD/USB I'd run the filesystem
>>>>>> offered by Gparted on only your Linux partitions. Do not perform
>>>>>> other partition manipulations to avoid possible data loss! I'm
>>>>>> attaching 
>>>>>> a screenshot of Gparted just as an example. In that example I 
>>>>>> right-clicked on /dev/sda1 to display the function menu. When the
>>>>>> filesystem check is complete you'll be able to view the results
>>>>> see
>>>>>> if any errors were fixed or still persist.
>>>>>> Lance
>>>>> Finally got hold of a live CD.
>>>>> Thanks Lance! No errors found.
>>>>> Why else would this come up?
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> Looked up and found SMART(montools).  See here output of smart.
>>>> Looks like some sectors are broken?
>>>> Is this when I use dd-rescue?
>>>> Now gparted does not even recognize it as a ext4 just as unknown. 
>>>> I ran boot-repair and now grub only sees my other partition.
>Running an
>>>> installation of bodhi linux I thought did not exist.
>>> A bit of an update I ran fsck and it seemed to fix some stuff and I
>managed to see some of the Ubuntu-gnome instalation files from my other
>partition. Helped me do som minor backup.
>>> I did a grub update, 
>>> I then tried to boot into Ubuntu gnome
>>> Some pictures of the commands I tried:
>>> Seems that I can do updates it is just not mounted? Can't reboot
>>> Any pointers will be helpful.
>> Your partition is mounted read-only by the looks of it.
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Thank you Tim and Narcís.
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