ok, this is what happened. I discovered that my swapdisk wasn't active, and
after some quick thinking I thought, ok, let's start up SUSE's yast, delete
the swap partition, create it again, and all the config files will be
rewritten. reboot, and the swap will work again. Wrong. It seems my insight
in the workings of linux are not that great after all. After rebooting, I
got the surprising error:
kernel panic: cannot open an initial console.
try passing init= option to the kernel.
Ok, this is new to me too.
Normally I would just grab my bootdisk or boot cdrom, but I'm on an
internship right now and don't have that stuff with me.
So, what happened, and what can I do about it?
full SUSE 6.2 install with linux 2.4.0 kernel, and my swap is hdb5 and my
linux / is hdb7