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Bug#408437: cdebconf-gtk-udeb: Rescue mode doesn't work with g-i

tags 408437 + pending

On Thursday 25 January 2007 21:22, Mike Hommey wrote:
> Everything is in the subject: the Rescue mode fails with g-i. See the
> attached screenshot. Maybe it should use openvt to run the shell and
> chvt to come back to g-i after the shell exits.

I'm not sure how you got to that screenshot. If I choose either of 
the "start a shell" options in the graphical installer, the installer 
effectively hangs while trying to open that shell (you can still switch 
to another VT though).

I have committed a patch to rescue mode that suppresses the "execute a 
shell" options if the gtk frontend is used. I'll also document this 
limitation in the installation guide and suggest that users switch to VT2 
or VT3 and use chroot instead.
Unfortunately it is not possible anymore to add a decent informational 
message in the installer itself before RC2.

The openvt and chvt commands are not available in the installer, but if 
anyone can supply a working solution to start a shell from the graphical 
installer, that would be most welcome. It is already a TODO item for 

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