My server doesn't boot and I found that /etc/fstab file is empty.
When trying to update this file I see that the file is readonly.
I can't change the write permission, becuase the device is mounted readonly.
I can't remount with rw permission I get an error saying that the / doesn't appear in the /etc/fstab file.
Any ideas?

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When you remount the drive, refer to it by device name rather than simply /. If it's mounted read only, you should be able to see the device name if you run mount with no parameters. Then, run mount -o remount,rw /dev/xxxx / and it should be accessible again.

  • This should work. However, I would wonder how/why /etc/fstab has been truncated. It is possible that the root filesystem is seriously borked, so it might not be a good idea to mount it rw until after a fsck. Oct 19, 2010 at 14:12
  • I managed to mount to the device and to update the fstab file.
    – user57559
    Oct 21, 2010 at 5:22
  • I managed to mount to the device and to update the fstab file. Now I still have the problem: "fsck.ext2 /dev/root ... e2fsck -b 8193 <device>" I tried severals superblock values, but still it doesn't work. Any ideas?
    – user57559
    Oct 21, 2010 at 5:26
  • Check that /dev/root actually points to the right partition? If the partition can be mounted at all, you shouldn't need any -b superblock option to fsck it. If it's telling you it can't find an ext2fs superblock on it, then it's probably telling you the truth... is the partition really ext2 and not reiser or xfs?
    – DerfK
    Oct 21, 2010 at 6:04
  • How can I check that? I'm new with Linux.
    – user57559
    Oct 21, 2010 at 6:25

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