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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD Install
Tiger only hintThis isn't really a hint, but I was thrilled to see it when I did. I haven't seen anyone else mention it, so I will: When booting from the 10.4 DVD, one of the tools available (along with Disk Utility, etc) is the Terminal!

Since Apple's made things trickier for using single-user-mode for anything much more than cp or rm, it's nice to have a Terminal available, along with Disk Utility, while you're working on a sick machine.

[robg adds: I only happened to notice this because I needed to use Disk Utility while booted from the DVD, so I figure it's worth a mention...]
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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: xSmurf on May 20, '05 10:51:42AM

I'm not 100% sure, but I think it was available in previous system boot discs.
Someone wants to check?

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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: TylerL on May 20, '05 11:19:29AM

10.3 Server discs had the same functionality, but Client discs only had Disk Utility and Startup Disk.



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: bassmaster_jeff on May 20, '05 02:39:26PM

This also makes it much easier to setup RAID, while booted to the DVD.
No need to use another machine to connect via ssh if you can do it from the DVD (assuming you have a video card in your server).
-J



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: gunnmjk on May 20, '05 12:13:42PM
Since Apple's made things trickier for using single-user-mode for anything much more than cp or rm
Hmm what do you mean?

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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: seann on May 20, '05 01:08:03PM

because when you try to run programs that use core* they won't run in single user mode.

Boo to that.

When you launch terminal after core*services have launched, you can use those utilities provided on the cd.



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: macevangelist on May 20, '05 02:36:57PM
You can run tools that use CoreFoundation by executing the rc.cdrom script and stopping it right before it would launch the installation screen thus leaving single user mode. On the 10.4 Install DVD the necessary command would be ...
head -n 188 /etc/rc.cdrom | sh
This enables you to run diskutil in single user mode for example. But since we now also have the Terminal application on our client install media we really don't have to deal with that anymore. BTW, on the 10.3 Install CD you had to stop at line 168.

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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: timhaigh on May 20, '05 07:38:29PM

This feature was the first thing I saw on the day Tiger was released. I always check al the menu items on a new OS disc.



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: LovableSheep on May 20, '05 10:41:10PM

This feature saved me the other day. I lost power while applying the 10.4.1 update, and my system would no longer boot. But I was able to re-install the updater using the terminal on the install cd and it fixed my problems without having to do a complete re-install.



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: emayoral on May 21, '05 03:17:16PM

How Did it save you? What commands did you use to get you out of that Pickle. I have a few macs I upgraded and on one of them, the same thing happened. I had to perform a clean install and lost my data!!! For future references, let me know how you saved your data with Terminal? Thanks.



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10.4: Run the Terminal from the Install DVD
Authored by: the1truestripes on May 23, '05 09:06:07PM
I had to perform a clean install and lost my data!!! For future references, let me know how you saved your data with Terminal?

If you have more then one Mac there are easier ways to save your data. Hook the "dead" Mac up to one of the live ones with a firewire cable, reboot the "dead" one while holding down the T key (or maybe Option-T, I forget exactly which). After not too long the "dead" one will display the firewire symbol on it's screen, and the not-dead Mac will mount it's disks so you can get at them in the Finder.

Then you can just drag the stuff you want out. Or maybe even poke around and find some way to fix the dead one.


If you don't have other Macs you can do something kind of like it from the terminal. Boot the install disk and start terminal, if you have an external firewire disk you can plug it in and mount it (you may have to use hdid or hidutil to do that). If you don't have an external disk, you could try using drutil do burn CDs or DVDs. Or you can try to mess around with ifconfig to get it onto the network and then scp things off to safety.

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