Installer - how to get a shell ?

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at
Tue Oct 7 21:29:11 UTC 2014

On Wed, 2014-10-08 at 08:12 +1100, David Timms wrote:
> Hi, booted up a F21 alpha iso cd, and realized after the long wait that
> I didn't have networking configured during boot, and this probably led to:
> - no repository
> - no package selection possible.
> I thought I would Alt-F1,F2 etc to find the shell (and set up networking
> manually, rather than waiting for a second boot cycle).
> F1 had the list of ttys along the bottom, but the shell one (F2 from
> memory) accepts enter (which outputs a blank line, but never gave a
> prompt or other response.
> What's the trick to getting that (usable) shell to do things like
> check/set network ?
> Also, should we be able to access wireless network during the first part
> of the installer (for network download/install of repos/packages) ?

'ctrl-alt-f2' (or f3, etc. I forget how many of those are already in use
with kernel and log display)
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