can't mount proc in boot

Albert Wagner alwagner at
Thu May 23 11:44:57 PDT 2002

I've screwed myself again.  But before I rebuild yet again, perhaps there is 
a way to fix it.  I have been messing with owners, groups and permissions 
while testing a package manager.  I now get the following on bootup:

Mounting proc file system
warning: can't open /etc/mtab: no such file or directory
mount: only root can mount proc on /proc

then the infamous red error "you should not be reading this..."
I put a whoami in the script /etc/rc.d/rcsysinit.d/S20mountproc and it shows 
root as the user.  What might I check that could cause this?  Thanks ahead 
for any clues.

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