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How To Boot Fedora 18 in Rescue Mode using a liveCD? [closed]

asked 2013-04-12 06:37:04 -0600

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updated 2013-04-13 03:36:13 -0600

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I have been trying to boot Fedora in Rescue Mode. I found the following steps:

"...To boot into rescue mode, you must be able to boot the system using one of the following methods[5]:

  • By booting the system from a boot CD-ROM or DVD.
  • By booting the system from other installation boot media, such as USB flash devices.
  • By booting the system from the Fedora installation DVD.

Once you have booted using one of the described methods, add the keyword rescue as a kernel parameter. For example, for an x86 system, type the following command at the installation boot prompt:

  linux rescue


So I boot from Fedora 18 Live CD and gives me Grub with two options:

  • Verify and Boot

Then it tell me if I want command line to type c, so I type c and then type linux rescue but nothing happens, the command does not exist. What am I doing wrong?

If I select the option 1, then I boot into Live Desktop. What exactly do I have to do? I am confused.


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I was able to figure it out. To enter rescue mode, in grub type e then move cursor at the end of the line that begins with linuxefi and type rescue, press enter and then (if I remember correctly F10) to boot the computer.

jgezau gravatar imagejgezau ( 2013-04-13 19:31:53 -0600 )edit

Weird. I've never known live media to have a rescue mode. What did the above give you finally?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-04-14 01:41:47 -0600 )edit

yeah, Live media don't have rescue mode or can't find anyway to boot in rescue mode with a Live iso

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2015-02-13 07:18:18 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-09-29 07:53:56 -0600

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Add the parameter "3" to the kernel/boot/grub command line. This will bring you into "runlevel 3" - i.e. "Single User Mode" - no GUI

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runlevel 3 is multiuser , 1 and runlevel 1 is the "Single User Mode"

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2017-10-07 14:23:36 -0600 )edit

answered 2018-06-12 20:23:07 -0600

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There is no rescue mode, but you can reinstall grub from the live session, see

in particular post #4 where stoat describes the various methods very clearly

mount /dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root /mnt/
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/boot
grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda


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answered 2013-04-13 03:34:07 -0600

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It says "install media", not "live media" as far as I remember. Live media do not have a rescue mode. Please download the install dvd.

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I was able to figure it out

jgezau gravatar imagejgezau ( 2013-04-13 19:28:23 -0600 )edit

answered 2015-02-13 07:21:08 -0600

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updated 2015-09-08 21:29:05 -0600

I forgot to emphasize, like was wrote in other answer, that live cd don't have rescue mode, just boot.iso and install dvd

To do Fedora 20 rescue mode from usb stick: download boot.iso or

we can put boot.iso on a usb stick , in same way that we put live images, describe in USB Booting : usb must be on vfat or else format usb with:

# mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1.

# /usr/bin/livecd-iso-to-disk boot.iso /dev/sdb1

also you may test is USB boot with :

qemu-system-i386 -hda /dev/sdb -boot a

my references: at the end of the page

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