I am running Ubuntu 10.x on one of my boxes. Yesterday the SPM popped up during a session, with the choice to install the latest updates. I agreed (like I have done many times before). This time, during the installation, the system crashed, the SPM reported that a Python exception had occured during the installation (unfortunately, I don't remember on which stage of the installation the exception occured).
I rebooted the system, since I could not get rid of the SPM dialog box which was displayed greyed out and was unresponsive.
When I attempted to login again (after the reboot), I was met with a console screen with the following message (after a stack trace):
killed mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory Target filesystem dosen't have /sbin/init No init found. Try passing init= bootarg.
BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
I have the following questions:
- What is the meaning of this messade?
- Why have the mounts failed?
- (most important) what are the steps required to I recover from this disaster?
I followed Giles advice. I setup my my PC to bootup from the USB disk if all else fails. This time, I get the following message (shortened here, as I am typing it out)
scsi 2:0:0:1: CD-ROM SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro 8.0.2 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 sd 2:0:0:0:0 Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0 sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] 31301631 512-byte logical blocks sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Write Protect is off sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Mode Sense: 45 00 00 08 sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through sr1: scsi3-mmc drive: 48x48x tray sr 2:0:0:1: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1 sr 2:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 5 sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through sdc: sdc1 sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through sd 2:0:0:0:0 [sdc] Assuming SCSI removable disk
I then hit the Enter key:
At this stage, I am not sure if my USB stick is bootable or not (dosen't look like it is). I am thinking of installing a barand new OS on the stick, and starting from there - BUT, I don't know what the consequences of that will be (will I lose my existing data on my machine?).