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   Linux FAQ > 7. Solutions to Common Miscellaneous Problems
Question:  7.15. I Screwed Up the System and Can't Log In to Fix It.
Answer:

Reboot from an emergency floppy or floppy pair. For example, the Slackware boot and root disk pair in the install subdirectory of the Slackware distribution.

There are also two, do-it-yourself rescue disk creation packages in ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/recovery/. These are better because they have your own kernel on them, so you don't run the risk of missing devices and file systems.

Get to a shell prompt and mount your hard disk with something like

   $ mount -t ext2 /dev/hda1 /mnt


Then your file system is available under the directory /mnt and you can fix the problem. Remember to unmount your hard disk before rebooting (cd somewhere else first, or it will say it's busy).


This FAQ is from Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, maintained by Robert Kiesling

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