I installed ISPconfig on my Ubuntu Desktop 16.04. When I rebooted, it booted into command line instead of gui and the system is read only so i cannot make changes or uninstall what I did. The hostname at the top also does not say my server name, it says a subdomain name that was set during the ISPconfig installation.

Thanks for taking time to help me with this.

I have tried before and the output I get from mount -o rw,remount / is mount: / not mounted or bad option

The output from fsck -f / is fsck from util-linux 2.27.1 e2fsck 1.42.13 (17-May-2015) Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes Pass 2: Checking directory structure Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity Pass 4: Checking reference counts Pass 5: Checking group summary information /dev/sda6: 332167/53886976 files (0.7% non-contiguous), 41586480/215535872

  • How did you install ISPconfig... from a .deb file, or something else? – heynnema Aug 18 '17 at 21:02
  • I ran an automated script found at howtoforge.com/tutorial/ispconfig-automated-install-script – GWillieStyle Aug 21 '17 at 0:18
  • I looked at that web page, and it clearly says that ISPconfig is for Ubuntu Servers... NOT Ubuntu Desktop! – heynnema Aug 21 '17 at 1:44
  • I am using my ubuntu desktop as a server. I usually just SSH into it but I installed Desktop to have the option to use the GUI and remote into a windows VM I have on the server. ISPconfig has turned my server into a read only system making it unusable. Which shouldn't be the case no matter what version of ubuntu it is. – GWillieStyle Aug 22 '17 at 2:26

To uninstall ISPconfig...

  • boot to the GRUB menu
  • choose Advanced Options
  • choose Recovery mode
  • choose Root access

At the # prompt, type:

fsck -f / # to check the file system

repeat the fsck command if there were errors

mount -o rw,remount /dev/sda6 # to remount the disk r/w

/root/ispconfig/uninstall # to uninstall ISPconfig

reboot # to reboot the system

  • Thanks for the help. I had used mount -o rw,remount / in the past but i finally tried mount -o rw,remount /dev/sda6 / and it worked. – GWillieStyle Aug 23 '17 at 22:52
  • I now have to do mount -o rw,remount /dev/sda6 / overtime I boot. Do you know how to fix this? – GWillieStyle Aug 23 '17 at 23:33
  • Since you have a highly modified system... that is... a server config with a GUI desktop... I don't know how to help you here, as I don't really know the server part. You could start a new question for this current problem and see if somebody else can help. I'm sorry. – heynnema Aug 24 '17 at 0:01

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