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Today I've been trying to compile and set up a 2.6.0-test4-mm1 kernel on my Mandrake 9.1 system. I got it to compile alright, but had module problems on boot. I heard in a few places that the packages at http://supermount-ng.sourceforge.net/mdk-25/ may be necessary, so I downloaded them. I removed my old hotplug and initscripts packages and thought I had the new ones intstalled right, but apparently I didn't, because on reboot it couldn't find inittabs and I could not boot up. Now, is there any way to get in and fix this? I have no really important data on this machine, so a reinstall would not be terribly bad, but I'd like to avoid it if I can. I tried making a boot floppy from my other Mandrake 9.1 machine, but it wouldn't boot up for some reason. Any suggestions?
Sorry, I spoke too soon, I have another problem. After going into rescue mode, I can mount my existing partitions under /mnt, and I have access to all my data. Now I have rpm's for the stuff I accidentally removed, but I do not know how to go about installing them, since if I just do:
rpm -i initscripts-XXXX
It gives errors like:
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - No such file or directory (2)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm
What do I need to do to get it to install as if I had been able to boot up normally?