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While working on a failed EC2 (ebs backed) instance recently, we were presented with an instance that would not start after reboot or stop/start. tl;dr: Create a snapshot of the existing EBS vol; remount and edit etc/fstab; re-attach and start the instance. The only symptom was in the console log: $ ec2-get-console-output i-nnnnnnnn init: console-setup main process (63) terminated with status 1 %Ginit: plymouth main process (45) killed by SEGV signal init: plymouth-splash main process (194) terminated with status 2 cloud-init running: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 23:33:24 +0000. up 2.65 seconds mountall: Disconnected from Plymouth It turned out this instance was running as a t1.micro instance, which do not …

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