I've just updated a CentOS 5.10 box to 5.11 with all the latest patches and rebooted.

Following the reboot I'm now getting the below error message every few minutes:

init: Id "2" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

Line 2 of /etc/inittab reads:

2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1

Which looks consistent with other CentOS 5.11 servers.

I can see a running /sbin/mingetty process in ps aux with a recently started time and cannot see any other signs of the process crashing.

How can I trace the cause and/or rectify this.

  • Any errors in syslog? Is there a /dev/tty1? – Dan Feb 4 '15 at 16:49
  • Only entries in /var/log/messages (which is syslog on Centos I believe) is the init.. one shown above ps aux shows: >root xxxx 0.0 0.0 1756 460 tty1 Ss+ 16:49 0:00 /sbin/mingetty tty1 – moztech Feb 4 '15 at 16:54
  • No error messages on the actual tty1 (the first text console)? Same permissions and on tty1 as say tty2? – Dan Feb 4 '15 at 18:26
  • When I look on the console there is just the same message repeated: INIT: Id "2" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes – moztech Feb 4 '15 at 18:39
  • Maybe you could strace /sbin/mingetty tty1? – Dan Feb 4 '15 at 18:47

For the benefit of anyone reading this with the same issue. My resolution after much research and experimentation was that this is a virtual machine which doesn't have multiple windows.

As a result I have remmed out the below line in /etc/inittab

#2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1

Doing so has resolved the issue for me on this system and another one in each case a CentOS 5 system which started reporting this following a recent patch (inc Kernel) cycle.

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