cannot boot after updating to 5.3 stable

Subhro subhro.kar at
Fri Jan 28 21:27:59 PST 2005

Thanks Mike :-)

Indian Institute of Information Technology
Subhro Sankha Kar
Block AQ-13/1, Sector V
Salt Lake City
PIN 700091
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Jeays [mailto:Mike.Jeays at]
> Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 9:28
> To: Subhro
> Cc: 'Rino M Nur'; freebsd-questions at
> Subject: RE: cannot boot after updating to 5.3 stable
> On Fri, 2005-01-28 at 22:35, Subhro wrote:
> > Your problem is, somehow the mountpoint entries in /etc/fstab have
> messed
> > up. As a result the system cant find the root file system. At the
> > Mount>
> > Prompt type ? to get a list of all the valid mountpoints. Then manually
> > mount all the mount points. Once you point the system the "root" it will
> > straight go into the single user mode. You can then go into /dev and see
> > what partitions are there. Mount the partitions manually and then open
> up
> > /etc/fstab in your favorite text editor and make the necessary changes.
> The
> > nnext boot onwards the box won't complain.
> > BTW, you wont be able to open any text editor until and unless /usr is
> > mounted. Because all the binaries (including the text editor, vi in my
> case)
> > resides in /usr.
> There is a primitive but usable editor called "ed" in /bin. It dates
> back to the stone age of computing, and you will do better if you can
> practise with it (or at least print out the manual on paper) before you
> really need it.  It is there for emergencies like fixing up /etc/fstab.
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