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Old 03-16-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2005
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Self Inflicted Wound

I've become enamoured with the forthcoming Xgl display technology. Following the instructions to install Compiz, there came a point where dire warnings were issued that I was about to get rid of my karefully krafted kustom kernel. In fear of the consequences, I aborted. Apparently, not soon enough. I guess enough of Dapper came over that my system is - no more. The machine has become basically unbootable. It drops out into some sort of very limited emergency shell.
Unable to find volume group "Ubuntu"
ALERT! /dev/mapper/Ubuntu-root does not exist! Dropping to a shell!

Busy Box v1.01 (Debian 1:1.01-4Ubuntu1) Built-in shell (ash)
Does anyone have any ideas on how to recover from this? I'm not even interested in recovering the machine to its former state. I've installed ubuntu about 30 times now - 31 shouldn't be any problem. But there are a few files on there that I'd like to get off before I do.

I think I need some pointers on using a Rescue CD to boot, mount the logical volumes, mount an NFS share, and copying off what I want to save. I think that will work - but I don't know how.

Last edited by Dragineez; 03-16-2006 at 10:11 PM.
Old 03-16-2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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just pop in dsl or something and mount your drives and you should be able to extract whatever files you need. Then email them out or something. Then you could just reinstall over the old OS
Old 03-16-2006, 10:29 PM   #3
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I've heard of several people saved by reinstalling with the 'upgrade' option


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