The Customized Repair Screen

If you choose Customized Repair (see Figure 14-2), you can select or deselect the particular tests that you want to be run. If you have a good idea of what might be at fault, this reduces the time the tests and repairs need to run. The options are:

■ Check Partition Tables

■ Check Swap Areas

■ Check File Systems

■ Check fstab Entries

■ Check Package Database

■ Check Minimal Package Selection

■ Verify Base Packages

■ Check Boot Loader Configuration

The most useful of these are those concerned with filesystems and boot loaders.

Although journaling filesystems means that filesystem corruption is unlikely, if it occurs and prevents the system from booting normally, then this filesystem option is useful because it will run a filesystem check for you with the correct options.

If you have a dual-boot system, and you have reinstalled Windows, the Windows installer may overwrite the Master Boot Record and prevent Linux from booting at all. The boot loader check can rewrite the boot loader (usually grub) so that both systems can be booted correctly.


The YaST System Repair mode Custom Repair screen


The YaST System Repair mode Custom Repair screen

If the package database does not correspond to the packages that are actually on the system, or if packages have become corrupt, the package checking tools can correct the problem.

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