read only file system

Roger McCalman roger at
Fri Feb 7 21:31:45 GMT 2003

On Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 08:51:38PM -0000, Manx Biaggi wrote:
> LOL ive done exactly the same right now as well, but cant get vi to work
> either, I think I need to login or something , I know you cant edit that
> file except as root. so what can I do :-(

If problems occur during boot the / can be mounted read-only. It has just
happened to me as well (a long story)

Use 'mount -o rw /'
to remount / as read/write you may also need to mount the other
file systems to get /tmp, /usr/bin etc.

Cheers, Roger

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