Subject: Re: big YAY to current and vmware (fat finger trouble)
To: George Michaelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Luke Mewburn <lukem@NetBSD.org>
Date: 10/24/2005 11:34:14
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On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 10:57:56AM +1000, George Michaelson wrote:
| This meant I'd lost /sbin/init as well as any shared lib tool, whilst
| single user. (incidentally, the kernel doesn't seem to fall back on
| looking in /rescue for anything. Wouldn't this make sense,
| if /sbin/init is hosed?) -instantly unusable system.
We considered falling back to /sbin/init, but there wasn't an
easy way to determine if /sbin/init exiting was deliberate or
a startup failure (especially if the failure occurred during
Instead I added support to the bootloader's "-a" (askroot)
flag to allow you to override the path to init(8) at boot.
I've actually used this to recover when I've accidentally
hosed /sbin/init, /lib/libc.so* or /libexec/ld.elf_so.
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