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I'm having trouble starting Fedora 14 on my computer. The startup procedure freezes while starting system logger.

Before this started happening, I had formatted one of my logical disk partitions which is supposed to be mounted under the /var directory. I think may be the cause of this problem. However, I don't know how to fix it, as I can't get into the Linux command line to do a umount.

I don't have a CD with which to repair the system, so is there any way to fix this problem without one?

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GASP. If you don't have a CD, then you need to get one ASAP. They are much more useful then they would appear at first glance. –  new123456 Jun 13 '11 at 14:25

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You can get in to make changes without needing a recovery CD. At the GRUB menu, press e to edit. On the kernel line, append S to the end (space and capital 'S') and then enter to continue booting. This will boot into single-user mode. From there, you can modify any configuration files necessary to get your system back to a working state, be that /etc/fstab or /etc/syslog.conf. You may need to manually mount filesystems that have not yet been mounted.

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