Booting into YaST System Repair Mode

SUSE also provides a System Repair mode with YaST. You can enter the System Repair mode in more than one way:

■ By typing repair = 1 as a boot parameter on the initial boot screen when booting from the installation media.

■ By starting an installation and in the third main screen of the installation process ("Installation Mode'') choosing "Other Options'' and then "Repair installed system'' (see Figure 14-1).

■ In newer versions of openSUSE, the repair system is an option on the boot screen when booting from the installation media (note, however, that this option is broken in open-SUSE 10.3).

This mode is similar to the rescue system because it is a Linux system running purely in memory with no disk partitions mounted. The difference is that in the repair system, YaST runs graphically in a special mode, which has three main options: Automatic Repair, Customized Repair, and Expert Tools.

If you choose Automatic Repair, the YaST system check repair runs through a series of tests and shows a commentary on the screen. Among the tests it runs are filesystem checks, verification of the package database, a check on the boot loader configuration, and a check of the initrd (the initial ramdisk used at boot time). If problems are found, it offers to attempt a repair.

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FIGURE 14-1

The YaST System Repair mode initial screen

FIGURE 14-1

The YaST System Repair mode initial screen

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