init: Id “co” respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

If you are getting this message, it means that you are in run level 3 and most likely you dont have the GUI installed. inittab is trying to create too many terminals at a go. Have a look at the /etc/inittab file, and commented off the extra gettys lines.

# Run gettys in standard runlevels
co:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty xvc0 9600 vt100-nav
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
# 2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
# 3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
# 4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
# 5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
# 6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6

reload inittab and everything should be fine.

telinit q
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2 Responses to init: Id “co” respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

  1. kurt

    Running Oracle Linux 5.7 in oracle virtual machine xen 3 that I installed from an oracle virtual machine template.
    Getting the same respawn messages.
    Edited the /etc/inittab file.
    Instead of putting telinit q, I used init q.
    Did a reboot, and still the respawn messages keeps popping up in shell.

    I commented out the following line and the message went away.
    co:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty hvc0 9600 vt100-nav

    So, in conclusion, I commented out the following:

    # 2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
    # 3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
    # 4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
    # 5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
    # 6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty

    #co:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty hvc0 9600 vt100-nav

    and left:

    telinit q

    sitting on a line all by itself.

  2. tony

    hi, I encounter the same error message when I try to connect to a box riverbed steelhead 250 H so could help me to follow a procedure on a box Riverbed to solve this problem