It’s been several years since I last described a linux rescue in my earlier post “Rescuing Susie“. And, by now, that’s a little outdated. In today’s post, I’ll go over the basic principles of rescuing a linux system.
I’ll be describing what works with opensuse. But I have also used this method with Ubuntu and with Debian.
Simple problems can often be fixed by booting any live linux media. Typically, you boot the live system, then open a root shell. From there, you can mount a partition and use a text editor to adjust configuration files.
Sometimes it is possible to use an alternative method of booting into your system. For example, I dealt with a recent problem by booting another linux system also installed on my disk. I then modified the boot menu of that bootable system so that I could use it to boot into the system being repaired. That’s always easier than a full rescue. Read More…