Bo Berglund wrote: > So then I started a command window and inside that I used su to become > root. Then I used nano to edit grub.conf. I did that after first > trying the text editor again (now with root in the command window) but > it still would not allow me to edit grub.conf. Seems like the su in > the command window is only valid inside the command window itself. > Is there a way to start the text editor as root???? > You have to enter the name of the editor on the command line. You can use GUI as well as CLI editors. > But using nano was a disaster, because after adding the extra > parameters somehow nano split the kernel command line into two > separate lines and when I subsequently restarted I got back to the > garbled initial screens and finally to a situation where I could not > move the mouse anymore. So I had to *reset* the machine and use > command line parameters from the boot screen once more to get back in. > You need to turn of word wrap. With nano, try "nano -w <file name>". > Then I logged on as root and could use text editor to modify > grub.conf. That is when I saw that the previous edit with nano had > actually managed to create two lines out of the single kernel line! > > So I think it is safer to log on as root the first time so that the > final setup chores can all be accomplished without permission > problems. > > By the way: > When I had to reset the machine to get control back I probably did so > at a not so good time, because on each boot now the loader complains > about disk corruption. It flashes by so fast that I can't say exactly > what it says, but definitely about the disk. > Is there a linux utility like the Windows chkdsk that can be used to > repair the disk if it is corrupted? If so, how is it used? > fsck - but it works best on unmount file systems. AN easy way to check all the file systems is to run, as root, "touch /.autofsck ; reboot". This command will reboot the system as soon as you run it, so make sure you are ready for a reboot. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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