SUMMARY: system fails to boot after /usr/lib/ file is overwritten

From: Bahto, Richard <>
Date: Fri Nov 13 2009 - 20:48:09 EST
Thanks to all and especially Anthony D'Atri  for getting me going in the
right direction  ( I didn't see the forest for the trees).


problem was while rebooting I received the following


Sun (TM)
Enterprise 250 (UltraSPARC-II 400MHz), No Keyboard

OpenBoot 3.16, 512 MB
memory installed, Serial #13773469.

Ethernet address 8:0:20:d2:2a:9d, Host
ID: 80d22a9d.


Rebooting with command: boot

Boot device: disk0  File
and args:

SunOS Release 5.8 Version Generic_117350-52 64-bit

1983-2003 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.





loadkeys: Cannot read /usr/lib/

kbd: Cannot read /usr/lib/


cfsfstype: Cannot read

rm: Cannot read /usr/lib/


Cannot read /usr/lib/


Unknown /usr/sbin/metainit -r
failure 137.

mount: Cannot read /usr/lib/


/proc could not be mounted

mount: Cannot read /usr/lib/

expr: Cannot read /usr/lib/

swap: Cannot read /usr/lib/



"Everytime I would copy the file from
/a/etc/lib/ to
/a/usr/lin/ and reboot the original problem
re-occurred, I would
boot back into single user mode and check the file and
it was once again
the corrupted from yesterday???"  Mirror issue...
The following was done and the system is up and working fine now.


into single user from cdrom 

Fsck on c0t0d0s0 ( actually all disks that
were mirrored originally )

Mount c0t0d0s0 as /a  and did the following
Copy /a/etc/lib/ /a/usr/lib/


   Make copy of original


   Edit /a/etc/system and comment out   *


   Make copy of /a/etc/vsftab
Edit /a/etc/vfstab and replace all references /dev/md/dsk and
replace with /dev/dsk or /dev/rdsk along 

with the correct  cxtxdxsx
Reestablishing will occur once the work that was being started is
Thanks again to all.


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