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    Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    So, I was messing with LFS and I needed to have /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash but it was linked to /bin/dash. So I tried to change the link, I used the terminal, but I can’t remember what exactly the command was. I restarted my computer and when I did, It wouldn’t reboot. I get a failed message saying too many levels of symbolic links. I don’t know what to do.

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    Boot from some live-boot media and fix it.

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    And how do I go about fixing this?

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    Update: I got onto another Linux os from a different hardrive. I mounted the other drive but when I try to chroot into it, I get this message “chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: Too many levels of symbolic links”


    Now what?

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    rellyjelly; Hummm -- maybe ----

    Maybe we can do this with a simpler mount.

    From that alternate OS let's identify the target:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    from here we set a mountpoint and mount the target partition and have a look at what is set for the bash path.


    we can sure try
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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    Linux from Scratch

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    I suspect you deleted the real file and have symbolic links, pointing at symbolic links, pointing at symbolic links.
    At some point, the symlink needs to point at a real file.

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    Why did my post get moved to any other os? The problem is in ubuntu.

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    How do I fix the symlink to symlink? I only have access to the other OS.

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    Re: Won’t boot-too many levels of symbolic links

    rellyjelly; hey -

    Quote Originally Posted by rellyjelly View Post
    How do I fix the symlink to symlink? I only have access to the other OS.
    As in my post #5, mount that target partition and have a look at what is present.

    we can do that
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