On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 04:28:53PM +0100, Andy Holyer wrote: > If I boot from floppies the emergency shell doesn't seem to include a > copy of mount, so I can't rectify the fault.
Booting from alternate media is your simplest route to fixing things. Are you sure there's no mount command on the fixit floppy? You did use the fixit disk (as you are prompted for by selecting 'Fixit' from the top level menu of sysinstall, rather than just hitting Alt-F2 to get into the emergency shell)? Once you've got the fixit environment enabled, you should be able to mount your drive and clean up the device.hints file. You'll have to refer to mount by the full path: /sbin/mount -- it would be an odd ommission if it isn't there. Plus you might have to use the ed(1) editor, as is traditional in this sort of last-gasp recovery of a hosed system. Failing the fixit floppy, next best would be to pull down one of the disk2 .iso images and cut yourself a CD. It's much the same deal as the fixit floppy, except that with a 650Mb CD image to play with, you get a full install of the OS. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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