Can't ping droplet, VNC console stuck at "ENGINE Bus STARTED", etc.

Posted April 6, 2017 3.4k views
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Booted up droplet. Can’t ping, 10+ minutes later. Console output is:

DOROOT: clean, … files, … blocks

Waiting for network configuration…

Waiting up to 60 more seconds for network configuration…

Booting system without full network configuration…

Starting nginx: nginx.

No make, you’ll have to rebuild your databases by hand :(

* Not configured, not started

* Starting Mail Transport Agent (MTA) sendmail [OK]

[Thu Apr 06…] [warn] The Alias directive in …apache.conf

at line 3 will probably never match because it overlaps an earlier Alias.

apache2: Could not reliably determine the server’s fully qualified domain name,

using for ServerName

(98)Address already in use: make_sock: could not bind to address [::]:80


no listening sockets available, shutting down

Unable to open logs

Action ‘start’ failed.

The Apache error log may have more information.

* Starting web server apache2 [fail]


… ENGINE Started monitor thread 'Autoreloader’.

… ENGINE Started monitor thread ’_TimeoutMonitor’.

… ENGINE Serving on


I can’t seem to ping at all.

Is there a way to create a new droplet, pull my critical data off this droplet (like mount the droplet as a drive in the new one, and then just get rid of the old droplet?

This droplet is three years old, been running Ubuntu 12, and I suspect trying to update to 16 and following some apt-get commands is what did it in, but really not sure.

Otherwise, I’ll just restore from my 8 day old backup, which was running fine, but is missing a couple days of data I’d rather not lose (but nothing super important, so it’s a 95% acceptable alternative).


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It also appears since I created this droplet three years ago, a new “boot in recovery mode” feature has been added. I just created a new droplet from backup and see this. However, the hosed droplet doesn’t have this in the “Power” section. It just has power off and power cycle buttons.