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Re: Running apt*, help needed

Dennis Wicks wrote:
> Oops! Another thing I don't know how to do: Mount a disk from a
> system that isn't running! When I say "mount" I meant something like
> "mount //host/share " where fstab defines  to mount it on
> "/some/local/mount/point". Obviously not what you thought I meant!

So you have been samba mounting your own system on itself and thinking
that was a chroot??  No.  That is something completely different.

> I didn't know that "shutting the system down and mounting the disk
> on another system" was implied in the recommendation to use "dpkg
> --root". That will mean that I will have no means of communication
> with the outside world until I get it fixed!

And that was also implied by using a chroot.

> I'll have to think about that for awhile! I don't think I have the
> room to mount another hard drive in my operational system.

I often have the case off and disks just hanging off the side while
doing these types of repairs.  It doesn't have to fit in the case.  It
just has to be able to connected.  After repairing then return to

> I'll probably wind up having to use a live CD of some flavor. Any
> preferences??

I think the Debian CD#1 is a good disk to use.  It has a recovery
option to give you a working system with your root directory mounted.
But a live-cd disk is also very helpful.



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