/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create - System won't boot or will not configure the network (Doc ID 1005764.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 17, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8.0 to 9 9/05 HW U9 [Release 8.0 to 9.0]
All Platforms

Symptoms

A Solaris system may fail to boot  or fail to configure the network (hostname unknown, no network interface initialized, even if the network configuration files are correct) with the below errors:

/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/sbin/rcS: /etc/dhcp.: cannot open
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
Hostname: unknown
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/sbin/rcS: /dev/null: cannot create
/etc/rcS.d/S35svm.init: /dev/null: cannot create



Changes

These errors indicate a corruption of the /dev/null link.

Cause

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