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Old 2nd June 2010
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I was trying to install ezjail. The first step is to update the host system and for that I was following a guide on cyberciti.biz

Everything ran smoothly up until the end of the base system build. The last step of that phase is to reboot, so I executed the reboot command and nothing happens. I mean yes the machine reboots but nothing comes up. I have a black screen with a blinking cursor marker and I cannot type anything.

What went wrong? How do I fix this?

Also, have I lost my existing files and configurations?
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Old 3rd June 2010
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If you see just a blinking cursor then this may indicate a disk problem.

I would first check the integrity of the disk usig MHDD just to be sure, I wrote some instructions here:

Assuming the disk is OK, you can download & burn the livefs image and inspect the disk.
I can't tell you what will turn up here, but you can try to read the partition table (with fdisk(8)), disklabel(8) and filesystem (with mount(8)).
You can also reinstall the boot loader with boot0cfg(8) if need be.

But first: check your disk. especially if it holds important data as you mentioned.
UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things.
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