System down, won't come up (was: Oh, no....)

Jerold McAllister jerrymc at
Sat Sep 2 19:25:03 PDT 2006

Gary Kline writes: 

> On Sat, Sep 02, 2006 at 08:33:44AM -0700, Atom Powers wrote:
>> On 9/1/06, Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at> wrote:
>> >On Friday,  1 September 2006 at 20:30:24 -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
>> >>
>> >>       Well, gang, for about the only time in ten or eleven years, my
>> >>       FreeBSD has kernel crashed.   The kernel err is 18 I believe a
>> >>       int divide by zero.  I backup most stuff regularly but still have
>> >>       several megs of data files.   Can I fix this with a fixit disk?
>> >>       Or is all hope lost? 
>> If it's only the data you want, try a FreeSBIE boot disk. That will
>> give you access to the file system/network, so you can recover your
>> data. 
> 	Where can I get this FreeSBIE boot disk?  Is it a floppy or can I
> 	burn a CDROM?  I have a "burner" on my new Ubuntu box, but have
> 	never burned anything but an audio CD.   
> 		This is one of the myriad things I've never heard of,
> 		but sounds like it should be shipped with each CD boxed
> 		set...   
> 	</OPINION> 

It is.  I think all you have to do is boot the regular CD and
select live system or something like that (I don't remember the
exact label in the menu, but it should be apparent.   Then you
can mount the other disk[s] and try to rescue things. 

> 	gary 
> -- 
>    Gary Kline     kline at     Public service Unix 
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