root fs has suddenly became read only

Tony Baechler tony at
Sun Aug 17 05:30:27 EDT 2008

Tyler Littlefield wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone had any ideas. everything under / is now read-only.


Can you give more details?  What distro are you using?  What did you do 
right before that happened?  Were there any messages in any logs like 
syslog or dmesg?  Are you booting from a live CD which mounts your 
drives as ro?  Have you ran fsck or had file system errors lately?  Did 
your computer lock up and not shut down properly?  This is doubtful, but 
are you using the ext2 filesystem without journaling?  Is there an error 
in your boot scripts that prevents it from switching to mounting RW?

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