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Debian Stable box Failing to boot

Postby producer » 2018-03-12 10:41

Hi all,
I'm relatively new to Debian so please bear with me.
My Debian machine locked up yesterday and I was forced to do a hard-reboot.
Upon rebooting my machine, I was faced with the following error:

[1.976041] usb 6-3: device descriptor read/64, error -62
Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
/bin/sh: Can't access tty; job control turned off.

At this point I get stuck with a terminal window and if I try and run the command 'startx' I get the following:

Fatal server error: Could not create lock file in /tmp/.tX0-lock
Connection refused: unable to connect to X server
No such process (errno 3): Server error.
Error in locking authority file //.Xauthority

How can I fix this problem, any suggestions?
All help appreciated.
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Re: Debian Stable box Failing to boot

Postby debiman » 2018-03-12 11:32

the messages do not seem to be related to each other - unless you installed debian to an external USB harddrive?

a little more info about your hardware, about how and what you installed.
a lot more info about the lock-up and hard-reboot.

wild guess: hard drive full??? disk dying of old age?

here's something you could try: https://askubuntu.com/questions/17647/t ... -sbin-init
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Re: Debian Stable box Failing to boot

Postby mike acker » 2018-03-12 11:51

producer wrote:Hi all,
I'm relatively new to Debian so please bear with me.
My Debian machine locked up yesterday and I was forced to do a hard-reboot.
Upon rebooting my machine, I was faced with the following error:

[1.976041] usb 6-3: device descriptor read/64, error -62
Target filesystem doesn't have requested /sbin/init.
/bin/sh: Can't access tty; job control turned off.

At this point I get stuck with a terminal window and if I try and run the command 'startx' I get the following:

Fatal server error: Could not create lock file in /tmp/.tX0-lock
Connection refused: unable to connect to X server
No such process (errno 3): Server error.
Error in locking authority file //.Xauthority

How can I fix this problem, any suggestions?
All help appreciated.


is this thing dual-booted with Windows ? my guess is that most likely a bad process wrote improperly to the disk. 2d guess is you have a hard drive failure comming up. is this a lap-top ?

load a live stick and mount the bad disk. run gparted and make sure you have at least 3 basic partitions on the bad drive:
1. root, mounted as /
2. swap
3. home mounted as /home

I've successfully re-installed an LMDE/2 system preserving the /home directory. When you run the installer take care to accept the existing partition as they are without reformatting them. you'll have to re-install all your software but when I did this on LMDE all my /home data was preserved -- even the Virtualbox and guest machine.

if you don't have a current backup for the data you have in /home I'd say best to get to it. you may be able to do it using your live stick or dvd. use an external hard drive to back up to .
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