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Well every now and then while im mucking around with kext files i completely bork my osx install. and in the end i have to boot up with the install cd just to get a terminal. This is a lengthy and painful process cause the install dvd takes forever to load.

I tried accessing the HFS+ partition from linux, no go. i have HFS support, but it wont mount writable.
I tried accessing the HFS+ partition from windows, and lets just say, windows is a joke.
So the only way of editing the HFS+ partition is either from a working OSX install or a Darwin install.

In other words, im looking for a darwin live cd. One that just boots up and give me a darwin terminal so i can mess around on the HFS+ partition and fix what i broke. Does such a thing exist? is there any way of making one if not?

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Darwin is per se a Terminal because works in Comman Line mode.

If you boot with the Darwin CD you can ask for the shell istead of installing it, you need to create a mount point in the root directory, so type this:
mkdir /mnt

then you need to mount your disk in that directory with something like this:
mount_hfs /dev/hd0s1 /mnt

then you can make changes in your disk.

So the Darwin CD works almos like a LiveCD.

But my recomendation is to install a Mac OS on VMware in a small image and acces your real HD as sencond disk on VMware, is a faster and more reliable solution.

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I'd personally recommend going the MacDrive route if you have Windows on the machine. Full read/write access to your OS X drive from inside Windows.

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If you boot with the Darwin CD you can ask for the shell istead of installing it


Thank you thank you thank you... this is EXACTLY what i needed to know :blink:
You rock macgirl!!!!!

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There IS a Darwin Live CD somwhere on opendarwin.

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I'd personally recommend going the MacDrive route if you have Windows on the machine. Full read/write access to your OS X drive from inside Windows.


Not to sure, the times I tried to fix my drive through Windows + Macdrive ended up in ' Disk mounted as read-only due faulty shutdown the last time' (ammong those lines)

So unless there's a way to get rid of that protection, you're forced to use a live dvd/install dvd/cd whatever. =)

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somehow when osx freezes during startup, or gives kernel panics, and you have to reset your pc, the osx partitions always get locked somehow, and macdrive will have read acces only.

it happened alot when I was messing around with kext files.

if macdrive gives these errors, what I do is: start osx again with -s option, and at the commandline type: reboot, and then start windows again, and then macdrive will give write acces to an osx partition.





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