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SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system.



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Welcome to SystemRescueCd

Description: SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and recovering your data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It is very easy to use: just boot the CDROM. The kernel supports most of the important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs).

There is a CD .iso version for x86 (Linux and Windows and Intel Macs) / Sparc / and Macintosh PPC systems.

System tools included

    * GNU Parted creates, resizes, moves, copies partitions, and filesystems (and more).
    * GParted GUI implementation using the GNU Parted library.
    * Partimage saves / restores partitions to an image file on another partition or to another system.
    * File systems tools (e2fsprogs, reiserfsprogs, reiser4progs, xfsprogs, jfsutils, ntfsprogs, dosfstools): format, resize, and debug an existing partition of a hard disk
    * Ntfs3g: enables read/write access to MS Windows NTFS partitions.
    * sfdisk saves / restores partition table (and more).
    * Test-disk tool to check and undelete partition, supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others
    * Network tools (Samba, NFS, ping, nslookup, ...)

Information about important packages

Linux-kernel-2.6.23
    SystemRescueCd-0.4.2 is based on linux-2.6.23.8. It was patched in order to add support for the Reiser4 file system, and add the Speakup screen reader for blind people. The precompiled kernel includes a lot of drivers, in order to work for most users.

GParted[1]
    is the most interesting feature of this CD. Use this graphical partition tool to see a chart of your hard disk, create, format, delete, and modify partitions. (It can be considered the best free Partition-Magic clone).

GNU-Parted[2]
    an excellent text based partitioning tool.

Sfdisk
    sfdisk is a partition table tool. You can save and restore your partition table from/into a file. Even logical partitions are supported. For example, sfdisk -d /dev/hda > hda-backup will make a backup, and cat hda-backup | sfdisk /dev/hda will restore your partition table. It's very useful if you make an error with parted. Don't keep the backup on the hard disk of course! You need to copy the backup to another computer, or to any removable media.

TestDisk[3]
    searches for lost partitions. It supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others

Partimage-0.6.6[4]
    saves/restores partitions of your hard disk into an image file. If you have a problem with your hard disk (virus, crash, error), you can restore it without having to reinstall the OS. (Ghost/DriveImage clone)

GRUB[5] / LILO[6]
    are the most common bootloaders used with Linux. You can restore your bootloader from this SystemRescueCd. For example, if Windows removed GRUB, you can run grub from this CD, and reinstall this bootloader.

File System tools
    Each file system has its own tools. For example XFS provides xfsprogs. It allows the user to format an existing partition, to resize another one, ... We provide reiserfsprogs for ReiserFS, Reiser4progs, xfsprogs for XFS, jfsprogs for JFS, e2fsprogs for ext2/ext3, ntfsprogs for NTFS, dosfstools for FAT/VFAT.

EVMS
    (Enterprise Volume Management System) is a powerful logical volume manager. It allows you to manage the space of your hard disk with a more powerful approach than partitions.

Archiving tools
    Of course, tar/gzip/bzip2 are provided for Unix users. This CD also contains zip/unzip, rar/unrar/unace for Windows users. It allows users to backup/restore their data from this bootable disc. We also added Dar (Disk Archiver). It's like tar but it's a lot more powerful.

Editors
    During a system rescue, you may need to edit system files. We provide nano (a lightweight editor), vim-6.2[7] (VI Improved), qemacs (emacs clone), elvis and joe. You can also use Leafpad, a graphical text editor under X.Org.

Midnight Commander
    MidnightCommander (mc) is a NortonCommander clone for Linux. It is very easy to use, and allows you to browse all the files on your hard disk. You can copy, rename, delete, move, search and edit files.

CD/DVD burning tools
    You can use the cdrecord packages, that comes with mkisofs. It is the linux standard CD burning command from console. Mkisofs allows you to create an ISO image file to use with cdrecord. Cdw is a text based front end to make cdrecord and mkisofs easier to use. Udftools are provided for packet writing. Now, you can also use dvd+rwtools. This package makes DVD burning possible.

Network File Tools
    We also provide basic network tools in order to allow you to exchange data with other computers. You can use ftp, ssh (client and server), ppp(connect to the internet), lynx (console web browser). LUFS (Linux Userland File System), NFS, and Samba mount -t smbfs //ip/share /mnt/path allow you to mount remote file systems

Network admin tools
    Many standard network administration tools are provided: DNS-tools (such as nslookup), nmap (network exploration), netcat (network piping tool).

Security tools
    Chkrootkit searches for a rootkit installed on your system (rootkit is a package installed by a hacker that allows them to hack it).

Anti-virus
    Clam-AntiVirus[8] is a free sofware Anti-Virus. You can update the definitions from the CD-ROM, and scan your system for a virus.

Web browsers
    Two lightweight web browsers are provided: lynx and links . They are useful if you need to have a look at a detailed documentation during your usage of the system. In FrameBuffer mode, the links web browser can be used as a graphical browser that shows images, and it has a nice GUI. You have to give options to the command line of the program in order to have the graphical mode enabled.

NTFS-3g[9]
    allows mounting NTFS partitions with full Read and Write support. Read the manual for informations about how to use it. (In SystemRescueCd version 0.3.x, NTFS-3g replaces CaptiveNTFS).

Python-2.4[10]
    is a very powerful and easy to use multi-paradigm high-level programming language, that supports Oriented Object Programming.

Perl-5.8[11]
    is a powerful and free language. Many administration scripts, and many programs are written in perl.

Secure Deletion
    Several wiping tools (such as shred and wipe) ensure that files are really erased from your hard disk.

Misc Tools
    md5deep calculates the MD5 sum in subdirectories

System boot disks
    The CD comes with many floppy disk images. These can be used as real boot floppy disks. They provide many important services. Here is a list of the provided disks:

    * FreeDos[12] allows running DOS programs without MS-DOS
    * MemTest+ test the physical memory, and tells if it is damaged or not
    * Gag (Graphical Boot Manager)[13] an easy to use Boot manager (such as LILO)
    * Ranish Partition Manager a bootable partition editor
    * Aida a powerful hardware enumeration/diagnostic/discovery tool (as sandra)

Advanced uses

SystemRescueCd is available for blind people. Now, the linux speakup version 1.5 screen reader is working well, and the speakup keymap is installed. This feature was tested by Gregory Nowak.

It is possible to make customized versions of the CD. For example, you can add your own scripts, to make an automatic restoration of the system. It's also possible to burn a customized DVD, with SystemRescueCd and 4.2 GB for your data (backup for example). Read the manual for more details. There is a new manual chapter that explains How you can burn a DVD+RW from SystemRescueCd

It is very easy to install SystemRescueCd on an USB stick. That's very useful in case you can't boot from the CD drive. You just have to copy several files to the stick and run syslinux. The install process can be done from Linux or Windows. Follow instructions from the Manual for more details.

The Handbook:  http://www.sysresccd.org/Online-Manual-EN 

The Quick Start Guide:  http://www.sysresccd.org/Quick-start-guide_EN 

  http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page 


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