My bootup hangs, as seen in the image below. (there has been an update. check the edit below)

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When I press escape, it tabs to this screen :

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The whole story :

This VM ubuntu server is used for a website. The website suddenly had an error, and I thought turning it off and turning it on would fix it. (heh)

Never had I been more wrong.

So I ran sudo /sbin/reboot which I do sometimes and it normally works afterwards. But this time, it doesn't.

I tried accessing the VM console, rebooted it from there, and now the bootup hangs at the shown image above.


Additional details :

  • Ubuntu linux 3.0.0-32-server
  • We're using vSphere client for the VM
  • As you can see, I'm not exactly the Linux expert


I removed the fsck checks but it still hangs. I pressed Ctrl+Alt+F1 to see the text logs and this is the result.

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  • For what it's worth, ubuntu 11.10 is now end of life... while not a solution to your issue, this might be a good time to consider upgrading to 12.04 or 14.04. – Mitch Sep 11 '14 at 2:50

Check file owner and permissions of the init script on the root filesystem:

# ls -l /sbin/init
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 167192 Jan 18  2013 /sbin/init

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