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I have a Ubuntu 10.04 LTS in a VirtualBox.

Running fsck -n indicates some orphan nodes exist in the root file system and I try to fix it with following actions:

1) edit /etc/default/rcS and set FSCKFIX=yes  
2) touch /forcefsck  
3) reboot  

The system reboots repeatedly with following error messages:

fsck terminated with status 3  
mountall main process terminated with status 4

Any help?

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This belongs to AskUbuntu: – Greg Mar 8 '11 at 6:45

On the next reboot, add init=/bin/sh to your kernel command line, fix the problem, sync and umount -oremount,readonly any mounted filesystems that you can, and then exit.

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The server reboot AUTOMATICALLY after print error messages before any shell prompt showing :-( – Smartkid Mar 8 '11 at 7:00
@Smartkid, you need to add that init=/bin/sh to your kernel command line, through grub. Hit e to edit the command line, add init=/bin/sh, then ^X to boot the edited kernel command line. – sarnold Mar 8 '11 at 7:02

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