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Old 11-06-2003, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question Access Linux files from MS Windows 2000?

Is there a program that runs on MS Windows 2000 that lets a person view a linux drive and edit files on that drive?

I'm trying to setup a dual-boot with 2000 on hda and debian on hdb, but my debian is screwed. the linux is set to autoload gnome on system startup, but the compter hangs at the gnome logon screen. i need to edit the /etc/inittab and change the runlevel from 5 to 3 but i can't get to a command line because of the gnome autoload/lockup problem. if i could edit the inittab file from windows, which IS working, then i could view the xfree log file and maybe fix what is causing gnome to hang. any other ideas/ suggestions? thanks!
Old 11-06-2003, 10:27 AM   #2
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There's Explore2fs for ext[23] filesystems. Other things to try would be to boot into single user mode (`linux single` at lilo prompt if you have lilo) or to boot from a rescue disk / live cd and modify your inittab from there.
Old 11-06-2003, 10:50 AM   #3
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I don't think explore2fs can write. You'll probably have to use a rescue disk or something.
Old 11-06-2003, 11:54 AM   #4
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Ext2fs-anywhere will do the trick

They have a demo version available, but you can only mount partitions of less than 1GB and its read only.

Of course, if its real important, you can always cough up the $$ for the app.
Old 11-06-2003, 11:58 AM   #5
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You don't need to boot 'single' (runlevel 1), you can boot rught into runlevel three by adding the '3' option at boot. Then you can edit the file.

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