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I have a server on Rackspace. It was working just fine. But this morning I found that it wasn't working, after a hard reboot (suggested by a rackspace chat support guy).

I found that it was giving me the error:

Begin: Running /scripts/init-bottom ... done.                                                                           
Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init.                                                                              
No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.

I was told by the chat support guy to go into rescue mode, and do a fsck on the root partition ( fsck /dev/sda1 ) which I did, but it didn't return any errors. I was told to do this until it found an error... never got an error after doing it many times.

What do I need to do get this fixed? Is it a hard fix?

( ps. I am trying to find a server guy on to fix this, but thought it might be worth trying to figure it out myself )

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Do you have a good backup? If init is gone, your system could be pretty much trashed. If you got into a rescue mode, were you able to access the filesystem? Was your data still present? – Zoredache Feb 19 '12 at 8:34

Most likely you are seeing damage of your root filesystem. Try starting with a rescue system and running fsck /dev/sda1 (or whatever the device name / partition number of your root filesystem would be) - this should fix eventual filesystem corruption and return your host to a bootable state.

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