interactive stop on boot

Jason Barnes jason.w.barnes at
Fri Mar 14 15:51:08 UTC 2008

Hi -- I'm running a "Tombstone" machine that's functioning as a
server.  The machine is located somewhere with a fast connection, and
not somewhere that I have easy access to.  As such, I want this
machine to do its best to boot up and get onto the network, no matter
what happens on boot, so that I have a chance to actually fix the

Lately when it boots it runs into an NFS mounting error, claiming that
some of my NFS-mounted drives have unexpected inconsistencies.  It
says "unexpected error - help!" and then quits to a /bin/sh
single-user-mode prompt.  As I am 10 miles away, this is decidedly
unhelpful.  I don't care if it can't mount some irrelevant drive or
not; I want it to boot up and ask me questions later.

Is there a way that I can set the machine to do its best to boot no
matter what it finds at boot time?  Thanks in advance for any help you
can provide,

- Jason

PS -- Boot messages not available, as the machine is down at the
moment and I can't get over there to type "<enter>   exit<enter>"
until later this afternoon.

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