Bug#2916: sysvinit & single boot == broken
On Mon, 6 May 1996, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> > THERE WAS NO POSSIBLE WAY FOR ME TO GET A SHELL PROMPT WHICH I COULD
> > HAVE USED TO REPAIR MY /USR PARTITION!
> Ofcourse you cannot read the manual anymore at this point, but
> entering "linux emergency" or "linux -b" (as on SunOS 4.1.x) instead
> of "linux single" would have gotten you a shell straight from init,
> before running _anything_ whatsoever.
> See the section "BOOTFLAGS" in the init manual page.
Thank you very much!
That's exactly what I needed to know earlier today. Would have saved me
a lot of grief.
I think I'll print out the init man page and stash it somewhere safe.
Now i can erase the debian 0.93 which is in my swap partition and mkswap
it again (i left that emergency boot partition on the disk just in
Maybe a message saying this should be displayed if fsck -A fails, just
before the passwd prompt is issued?