View Full Version : [xubuntu] How can I make my Ubuntu server act like one?

December 24th, 2010, 04:27 AM
I have an Ubuntu server which would not boot due to a reference in /etc/fstab to a drive which was not working. This was difficult to troubleshoot because instead of the normal login prompt, all I was given to work from was a message from ureadahead and a system that would not respond to keyboard input, except for ctrl-alt-del.

I want to configure things properly so that if & have another drive problem I will still be able to login directly and deal with the issue. Rather then lock up, I'd prefer that the boot process warn me about a broken fstab and prompt for ctrl-D or type root pass so I can get a shell.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

December 24th, 2010, 04:33 AM
Hit "s" to skip the failed mount.

Then add "noauto" to the options in fstab


December 24th, 2010, 04:43 AM
thanks I'll give that a try

December 30th, 2010, 05:35 PM
Thanks for pointing out that I'm affected by a bug and not a misconfiguration. I've made some progress with your help.

I've edited /etc/fstab and added the nobootwait option for the data storage drives. Now if one should fail, my fileserver will still boot unattended (provided the drive containing the core of my fs is OK). I already am using the noauto option for all my temporary storage.

I've not had much luck in getting the diagnostic info from the boot process onto the screen. If I modify /etc/default/grub and set the “quiet splash" option for GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT I do get a prompt to 'press S to skip'. However when I use the "text" option which I prefer all I see is the message from ureadahead.

According to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mountall/+bug/571444/comments/47 this has been "fixed in maverick". This is encouraging.

December 30th, 2010, 06:01 PM
I don't want to move to 10.10 but would like to upgrade mountall to mountall_2.19_i386.deb . How can this be done properly?

I added "deb http://ubuntu.articnetwork.ca/ubuntu/ maverick main" to my software sources list but that added over 500 packages to the update manager's list.

My software sources are configured for only long term support releases.

I just want to update mountall and it's dependencies, while leaving the update manager in an easy to maintain state.

December 30th, 2010, 09:01 PM
You need to have the splash screen enabled and go to tty7 (ctrl + alt + f7) to see the error. It's annoying, and I filed a bug report on it, but it didn't get anywhere.

As for upgrading a specific package, I don't know, but I don't think it would be a good idea to add packages from a different distro version.

Maybe backports, but I don't know.

December 30th, 2010, 10:19 PM
OK, I'll just live with this until they decide to fix the mountall which comes with 10.04. Thanks again.