Ixo X oxI
ixo at myna.ws
Sat Jul 24 13:09:01 EDT 2010
An idea . . . one could also just boot with the previous boot image by
holding down the 'O' game pad
( http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Cheat_codes ).
It might be then possible to edit (as root), the previous image found in
/versions , then 'O' game pad again.
It'll take a moment to figure out which image (version code) is currently
active, and which is 'previous'. But I find the following script handy in
tracking version and build information.
$ more sysinfo
grep -v "\=" /etc/issue /boot/olpc_build
ls -Ld /versions/* /versions/contents/* /versions/pristine/*
ls -ld /versions/running /versions/boot
:) Just a theory mind you. . . good luck. -Ixo
On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 14:20, Paul Fox <pgf at laptop.org> wrote:
> hal wrote:
> > I botched an edit to /etc/rc.local and now my system hangs during boot.
> > Is there a way to edit a file from firmware? Or delete a file?
> OFW understands how to read and write ext2 filesystems, so the
> built-in (micro-)emacs can edit files on /boot. (this is why
> /boot is an ext2 fs -- so OFW can fix errors in the boot partition.)
> but the root fs is ext3, and i don't think OFW will touch it, at
> least not for writing.
> i keep a separately bootable image around for such occasions -- either
> a USB or external SD card loaded with an OS i can boot, and use to
> rescue the primary installation.
> easiest way to create is to take a spare SD card, and use fs-update:
> ok devalias fsdisk ext:
> ok fs-update u:os126.zd
> then boot the external card, and it will automount the internal card.
> (i've also used mavrothal's TinyCore images to rescue my laptop -- they
> boot much faster, so if you're breaking the system a lot, can be handy.)
> paul fox, pgf at laptop.org
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