Fedora won't boot after update

asked 2014-09-01 10:13:24 -0500

sirjack gravatar image

Last night, Fedora prompted me to reboot to complete updating. I did, but now Fedora will not get past the "f" bubble before login. I tried booting multiple times and it would always freeze there. I left it there last night and it still did not boot up this morning, so it's almost certainly frozen and not just taking a long time. Looking at the text when it freezes, the last successful command is "Reached target Encrypted Volumes" followed by an fsck message:

/dev/mapper/fedora-home: clean, 197222/2588672 files, 5915114/10346496 blocks

There are a few fsck messages a little farther up the screen as well:

/dev/mapper/fedora-root: Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found.
/dev/mapper/fedora-root: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY
(i.e., without -a or -p options)

I have some data that needs to be backed up, but my USB drive isn't recognized in recovery mode and when I try to start with runlevel 3, the freeze happens. I don't have any idea what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Boot an older kernel to access data that needs backup before you try to repair the issues with the newest kernel.

Glenn gravatar imageGlenn ( 2014-09-02 02:51:36 -0500 )edit

Is the USB drive you mention going to be the backup target, or is Fedora booting from a USB drive. If the latter, what kind? In any case, you should use a live image to back up /home, since the root filesystem can't be trusted to load the tools you need.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-09-02 15:20:49 -0500 )edit