[SOLVED] I put an 'exit' in my /etc/bashrc and now can't open a terminal or modify!
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I put an 'exit' in my /etc/bashrc and now can't open a terminal or modify!
This was a very bad move, but I put an exit in my /etc/bashrc file and now I can not open a new terminal or modify the file. I can't su and their are no users in the sudoers file. Please let me know if you have any ideas. TIA
Idea #1: Try using your `run command` dialog box (should be something like this in your menus somewhere) and starting your terminal manually, giving the command with /bin/bash and the --norc and/or --noprofile option to tell it to ignore the broken file(s).
Something like below in your run dialog:
gnome-terminal -c /bin/bash --norc --noprofile
You didn't tell us what OS you're running; I'm guessing Ubuntu or RHEL, but depending what OS it is, you'll want to specify whatever terminal program you normally use.
Idea #2: Ubuntu has Dash shell installed. You could reboot and edit your kernel boot line to include init=/bin/dash which should boot you to a minimal environment shell prompt, from where you could repair the file.
NOTE: There might be an easier idea(s) but this is what comes to mind.
Last edited by GrapefruiTgirl; 08-19-2010 at 10:13 AM.
If you know your error, you should also be able to re-edit the file that is causing your misery using a linux live-cd, one that will give you "root"(read/write) privileges. PCLinuxOS with KDE is a suggestion, but there are others with Gnome if that is more familiar to you.
You may have to boot into "guest" and change the log-in to "root" thereafter, as is the case with PCLinuxOS.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 08-19-2010 at 10:24 AM.