SUMMARY: Boot problem

From: Alan Reichert (
Date: Fri Nov 27 1998 - 09:18:37 CST

Thanks to all who responded.

The original question:

        On a reboot, I suddenly get these errors:


        /sbin/rcS: syntax error at line 142: `)' unexpected

        INIT: Cannot create /var/adm/utmp or /var/adm/utmpx

        INIT: failed write of utmpx entry:" "

        INIT: failed write of utmpx entry:" "



        Following that is the dialogue about ^D for regular startup or root
        for system maintenance. ^D goes nowhere,
        Giving passwd yelds:


        <date> su: 'su root' succeeded for root on /dev/syscon
        -sh: /bin/i386: not found
        -sh: /usr/sbin/quota: not found
        -sh: /bin/cat: not found
        -sh: /bin/mail: not found


        where this comes from, I know not. It is an Ultra 5.

        A look at /sbin/rcS does not seem to show any changes, at least not
by the
        date stamp.

Most respondents listed through the usual maintenance tricks... fsck,
checking links, checking mount points and the vfstab,

Hats off to "ganeshan". The machine is a firewall. He indicated that
CheckPoint's FW-1 install is broken, and
suggested methods to correct the CheckPoint-Induced problem.

Thanks, also, to::

Rajnish Gupta
Shriman Gurung
Brandon K. Devlin
Brion Leary
Ing. Silvia Beltran Sanchez
Stephen Lee
TSI Europe Helpdesk
Casper Dik
Stefan Voss
Stephen Harris
Bryan Blackburn

- Alan

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