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Old 03-19-2004, 11:12 PM   #16
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I could have fixed it from maintainace mode? Argh!!
Maybe, maybe not. It depends on whether you could have gotten to an editor to fix the device name in fstab. You don't normally have access to very much in the way of tools when running in that mode without mounting a few filesystems by hand (it's probably easier if you stuck everything in one mongo filesystem but I've never done that). If you'd booted from a rescue CD and mounted the partition with "/" you could have probably fixed it.
 
Old 03-19-2004, 11:26 PM   #17
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The drive that you boot from is set in the BIOS. It isn't necessarily the drive that your / partition is on.
True. I know several people who have multiple Linux distributions on one system scattered across partitions on 3-4 disks. They still boot from /dev/hda but load Linux from whatever disk. On my dual-boot system, lilo "lives" on /dev/sda but my root partition is on /dev/sdc. I had an old Compaq at work that refused to boot a SCSI disk where Linux was installed but sticking an old IDE drive in the system and installing lilo on it did the trick. Or, heck, since you'll never want to shut it down, it's not so bad to even resort to booting from a floppy. I love that flexibility. (Whadaya do when Windows won't boot? We all know the answer to that.)
 
  


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