Subject: Re: Recovering from /usr loss
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Ignatios Souvatzis <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/04/1999 22:30:10
On Sun, Apr 04, 1999 at 03:01:01PM -0400, Curt Sampson wrote:
> The /usr partition on my Sparcstation 20 started developing some
> bad sectors at the end, so I tar'd and gzip'd it up to another
> disk, made it smaller, and newfs'd it. Unfortunately, I can't figure
> out how to get out of this situation now. There's no gzip binary
> in /bin. Even if someone makes one for me, I can't get it because
> there's no ftp binary in /bin. Nor can I get and install a miniroot
> or something similar for the exact same reasons: that requires gzip
> and ftp.
> So how do I get out of this with the things that are provided in
> /bin and /sbin?

uhm, rcp.

or: break into a single user shell from an installation disk. Should have 
tar, gunzip and ftp.