Rich Freeman on 19 Nov 2017 08:50:53 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Copying files from unbootable machine

On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 11:29 AM, brent timothy saner
<> wrote:
> On 11/19/2017 11:10 AM, KP wrote:
>> Before you tried to copy the files, did you "sudo su" or something
>> similar? The Live CD user is not root.
> generally speaking, you probably have better options for a rescue
> environment. i understand sometimes you have to make do (after all, you
> can't make a boot usb stick from an OS that's kaput etc.), but for the
> future, there are distros that boot you right to a root shell (and come
> with software specifically geared towards some useful functionality in a
> rescue situation).

Honestly, if anything I've been moving in the opposite direction.  As
removable storage space grows, and systems become more complex, I
think the role of the minimal rescue distro is actually diminishing.

System rescue CD is nice and all, but:

I don't think it supports X11, so if you have a lot to do that will be a PITA.

I know it doesn't support zfs, and getting that working on system
rescue CD while it is live is definitely a pain.  Getting zfs running
from an ubuntu boot disk is easier.

I believe it doesn't include systemd at present, which means reading
journal files and such is going to be painful.  Sure, I could
duplicate them to text-based logs by running syslog or such, but it is
2017 - a rescue disk today that can't read journal files is like one 5
years ago that lacked a text editor.

Back when you were limited to 600MB to fit on a CD a minimal rescue
distro made a lot more sense than today when a 64GB USB3 flash drive
is pretty cheap.

Sure, I'd love to have a Gentoo-based rescue CD that runs systemd, has
KDE, and has prepared kernel sources handy for building modules like
zfs.  However, failing that I'm willing to use an Ubuntu live DVD

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