[CentOS] How does Linux Repair actually work

Brunner, Brian T. BBrunner at gai-tronics.com
Thu Mar 24 13:49:08 UTC 2011

centos-bounces at centos.org wrote:
> Thanks to the help of folks on this forum, I now have my
> Centos 4 box up and working, however I do have a question on
> how the repair actually worked.
> After starting the Linux Repair, the process "found my
> installed Linux".  Some of you will remember that I had
> accidentally erased the /boot and /boot/grub directories, but
> I had most of the files saved (not the symbolic links) and
> put them back into the directories *and* I did run a rpm reinstall.

The boot partition was still there, and its files in its trash
directory, or the entire boot directory was in the '/' trash along with
all the contents thereof.  Putting the files (or dir and files) back was
what you did by hand.  

> When Linux Repair "found the installed Linux", did it create
> a new /boot and /boot/grub *or* did it just use what I had put there?

I understood that you understood that you were de-trashing your old boot
directory contents, yes?

> [I am now downloading Centos 5.5 which I'll install on a new
> drive and then face the challenges of moving my backup data
> to the new OS]
> Todd

Grab SL6 (two DVDs) and make 1 install instead of 1 install and 1 or 2

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