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I just installed RHEL 5.3 from DVD to a Pentium 4. Took all the defaults. After reboot I received the following messages and then everything stops Unable to load SELinux ...
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    Unhappy Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempting to kill init!


    I just installed RHEL 5.3 from DVD to a Pentium 4.
    Took all the defaults.
    After reboot I received the following messages and then everything stops

    Unable to load SELinux Policy. Machine is in enforcing mode. Halting now.
    Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempting to kill init!

    I tried to reinstall and got the same results.

    Not sure where to take it from here

    HELP!!!!

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    Howdy. Try appending the following to the grub boot line.
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    enforcing=0 autorelabel

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    That seemed to get me a little further along. However, it left me in RunLevel 3. When I attempted to change to level 5 I got:
    INIT: Id "X" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes.

    Well I gave it 5 minutes and it displayed the same message again.

    At this point I thought that it could still be related to the install. In particular the logical volumes. So I reinstalled another time but this time eliminated the logical volume.

    When I rebooted I got the old familiar panic message. I again entered the recommended boot parameters and I then got the INIT error message. It never came up in level 3. I did see some potential error message go across the screen during start up but they went past before I could read them. I will try to reboot and use the "I" to single step through the boot process.

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    One of the error messages is:
    /usr/bin/rhgb: error while loading shared libraries: libgtk-x11-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    That would explain why it could not start up in level 5. With out X11 there is not level 5.

    Setting up Logical Volume Management: /dev/hdd: open failed: No medium found

    That would make sense, since I did not set up any logical volumes.

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    BTW: What do "enforcing=0" and "autorelabel" mean and where might I find documentation on these and other parameters?

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    I'm afraid this sums up about what I know on the subject.
    SELinux/Config - FedoraProject
    https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=283621

    What is your goal with this machine? Is this meant to be a server without X installed? Is this a desktop machine? It seemed like initially you were fine, booting into run level 3, since you do not have X server installed, right?

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