Anaconda/RescueMode

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[edit] Rescue Mode

Anaconda provides a rescue mode to let a user recover from somehow breaking their system. Generally, the breakages this is useful for are the ones where your system is left entirely unbootable.

[edit] Recovery Methods

The main functionality provided by rescue mode at present is discovery of installations and then mounting of them. After that, you are dropping into a shell where you can perform recovery tasks by hand.


[edit] Future Thoughts

It regularly comes up that it would be nice to be able to run common tasks without having to use the shell directly. Patches/scripts to do some common recovery operations are definitely worth looking into integrating along with a simple menu in rescue mode to provide a list of the things that you can do. Some commonly suggested things include:

  • Re-install the boot loader
  • Recreate initrd
  • Easy way to reinstall packages
  • 'your idea here'

If you're interested on working on some things like this, get a quick script together and then send mail to anaconda-devel-list@redhat.com to discuss the integration aspect.

A number of ideas relating to Rescue Mode were mentioned in this thread on the fedora-devel mailing list: https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2007-February/msg01178.html