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Hey everyone, I have an old server that doesn't boot. I don't know the version of unix installed, but I see SCO UNIX. It stops with that error:

UX:init: ERROR: Cannot create /var/adm/utmp or /var/adm/utmpx
UX:init: ERROR: failed write of utmpx entry: "   "
UX:init: ERROR: failed write of utmpx entry: "   "

After that message, it just stops. I cannot write or press anything. Even CTRL + ALT + DEL does not work.

I cannot get into the system. I have tried booting with a DamnSmallLinux LiveCD but it does not recognize the file system on HDA.

Is there a way to either log in as root or bypass this error?


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The filesystem is likely corrupt, and if single user mode is failing you're probably SoL unless you can find (the relevent) SCO install media.

A quick google shows that Linux doesn't read SCO filesystems.

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If Single User Mode does not work, here's the procedure to restore a corrupted file system:

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It would be kind if you could summarize the steps from that document. Otherwise the answer will become useless if/when the URL to the document changes. – Jenny D Mar 19 '14 at 7:53

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