RescueCD - what is this for?

Gilboa Davara gilboad at
Fri Nov 16 02:34:53 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-11-13 at 12:10 +0100, François Patte wrote:
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> David Timms a écrit :
> > Timothy Murphy wrote:
> >> so I burned a Fedora-7 rescueCD and tried that,
> >> but it seems I was then supposed to insert the system DVD.
> >
> > I forget how you get it to the rescue environment, but it is something
> > like:
> > - edit the cd's boot command to be: linux rescue, hit enter
> > - wait for anaconda to load in rescue mode.
> > - answer Q on keyboard.
> > - answer question do you want to activate network and so-on
> > - environment tries to find the installed fedora system on the hard disk.
> > - answer mount|read only| dont mount
> > - if you mount it you can:
> >   - vi /mnt/sysimage/etc/whatever to fix your problem
> Unfortunately it is useless in some cases: I recently made a mistake
> writing an entry in fstab and the system did not boot... I came to
> rescue disk, but it was unable to mount proporly the system on
> /mnt/sysimage and vi was not working because of lack of shared
> libraries.... I had to use ed!
> WISH: could the rescuecd have a static linked version of vi?

Rescue doesn't have vim. It -does- have a working vi. (I used it more
then once... though I've yet to test vim under F8/rescue)
Very weird.

P.S. you can always chroot /mnt/sysimage... and then you have full vim
to work with.

- Gilboa

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