Graphical Rescue Mode

Bryn M. Reeves bmr at
Thu Apr 5 08:30:46 UTC 2012

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On 04/04/2012 06:14 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Bryn M. Reeves wrote:
>> On 04/04/2012 06:00 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
>>> What I think would be really helpful would be a menu item (next
>>> to the liveinst one) on the live images which does the same
>>> magic to autodetect and mount /mnt/sysimage as the rescue disk
>>> does, but from within the graphical live CD environment. I've
>>> abused a KDE Live CD as a rescue disk more than once because
>>> it's a much friendlier rescue environment than the minimalist
>>> one on the rescue image, but mounting the sysimage manually is
>>> the harder the more complex the partition setup on the HDD is.
>> That's what makes this hard; supporting the default install
>> layout or very simple setups is quite easy. Catering for anything
>> the user cares to throw at it I think becomes tricky fast.
> But the rescue mode (which is part of Anaconda as far as I know)
> already has code for that, we already drag Anaconda onto the live
> CDs for liveinst, so the code is all there and would only have to
> be called from the right place!

Detecting and mounting the file systems is straightforward and that's
what anaconda does. I read the request as wanting to also make the
live environment chroot into the detected sysimage and start the
system up interactively from there. That seems harder but maybe it's
doable (since you don't have to worry about packages being available
on the CD as you can use what's already in the installed environment).


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