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This is my /etc/networking/interfaces file:

auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet6 auto

And here is a picture of where it is hanging:

    ss of problem

Source: http://imgur.com/s8xoE6f

The cursor is blinking, and I can type; but I'm fairly certain that commands don't work here. Please help!

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You need to also keep the loopback in your interfaces file. So add these lines:

auto lo eth0
iface lo inet loopback

allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface eth0 inet6 auto
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How do I edit the file? I'm not sure how to get past what is shown – user60365 Feb 14 '14 at 10:22
@user60365 - How did you get the contents of the file to begin with? Also you can often times boot into single user mode with Linux which would bypass the network detection etc. that's hanging you up. debuntu.org/… – slm Feb 14 '14 at 10:24
Thanks for the help, but it has not seemed to work. I know what is in my interfaces file because I recently edited it to the default on the debian wiki, so I just cp'd what I had entered. The following is a picture of what happens after I put "single" after the kernel line: imgur.com/YI9XkJ0 – user60365 Feb 14 '14 at 10:57
@user60365 - that would seem to indicate that it did not pick up on the single arg. What version of Debian is this? – slm Feb 14 '14 at 10:59
Instead of single you could try this: init=/bin/sh. If it works it should just drop you to a prompt where you'll be able to edit the interfaces file. – slm Feb 14 '14 at 11:28

If you have network shares configured in your /etc/fstab they might prevent the system from booting if they cannot be mounted.

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