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10<title>General</title>
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16<entry>
17Mondo Rescue and Mindi Linux HOWTO
18</entry>
19</row>
20<row>
21<entry>
22<ulink url="faqoverview.html">Prev</ulink>
23</entry>
24<entry>
25Chapter 10. Troubleshooting/FAQ
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28<ulink url="faqbooting.html">Next</ulink>
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33<sect1 id="FAQGENERA"><title>10.2. General</title>
34<variablelist>
35<listitem>
36<para></para>
37</listitem></varlistentry>
38<varlistentry><term>Q:
39<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN496">What is
40"Mindi"?</ulink></para></term>
41<varlistentry><term>Q:
42<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN501">Why is it called
43"Mondo"?</ulink></para></term>
44<varlistentry><term>Q:
45<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN506">Mondo does not work on my
46system. It keels over and dies. What's wrong?</ulink></para></term>
47<varlistentry><term>Q:
48<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN511">What if the error is in
49Mindi?</ulink></para></term>
50<varlistentry><term>Q:
51<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN516">Can I trust
52Mondo?</ulink></para></term>
53<varlistentry><term>Q:
54<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN522">How do I report a
55bug?</ulink></para></term>
56<varlistentry><term>Q: <para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN527">I
57think Mondo should (...insert suggestion here...) and I have
58rewritten it accordingly. Would you like to see my
59patch?</ulink></para></term>
60<varlistentry><term>Q: <para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN532">I
61think Mondo should (...insert suggestion here...); will you
62incorporate this feature for me, please?</ulink></para></term>
63<varlistentry><term>Q:
64<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN537">Mondo says, "XXX is
65missing," and then terminates. What's wrong?</ulink></para></term>
66<varlistentry><term>Q:
67<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN543">Can Mondo handle multi-CD
68backups and restores?</ulink></para></term>
69<varlistentry><term>Q:
70<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN548">Can Mondo handle
71Linux/Windows dual-boot systems?</ulink></para></term>
72<varlistentry><term>Q:
73<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN553">Can Mondo backup
74Windows-only systems?</ulink></para></term>
75<varlistentry><term>Q:
76<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN558">Does Mondo support
77LVM?</ulink></para></term>
78<varlistentry><term>Q:
79<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN563">What if I don't use LILO?
80What if I use GRUB?</ulink></para></term>
81<varlistentry><term>Q:
82<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN568">Mondoarchive (or
83mondorestore) segfaults when I run it. What could be
84wrong?</ulink></para></term>
85<varlistentry><term>Q: <para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN573">I
86get the error, 'Cannot find /tmp/dev.0' or 'Cannot mount device
870x0701'; what do I do?</ulink></para></term>
88<varlistentry><term>Q:
89<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN578">Can I create a Mondo CD
90and then use it to create an archive of any OS on any
91PC?</ulink></para></term>
92<varlistentry><term>Q:
93<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN583">Why do you insist on
94putting floppy disk images on Mondo CD? They waste space and I
95never use them. The CD works just fine, so why keep the floppy disk
96images?</ulink></para></term>
97<varlistentry><term>Q:
98<para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN588">Why doesn't the Mondo
99project have a cool-looking animal logo?</ulink></para></term>
100<varlistentry><term>Q: <para><ulink url="faqgeneral.html#AEN593">Is
101there a Mondo user 'Code of Conduct?</ulink></para></term>
102</variablelist>
103<para><anchor id="AEN496"/>Q: What is "Mindi"?</para>
104<para>A: Mindi, a.k.a. Mindi-Linux, makes a mini-distribution from
105your kernel, modules, modules, tools and libraries. It can also
106generate an El Torito 2.88MB boot disk image. Mondo uses Mindi to
107create a mini-distro, then boots from it and runs on it.</para>
108<para><anchor id="AEN501"/>Q: Why is it called "Mondo"?</para>
109<para>A: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles described cool things as
110'mondo'. I wasn't sure what to call this project. 'Faust' was one
111idea I had, partly as a dig at my former boss who practically owned
112me because of my legal status at the time. In the end, I chose
113something short and distinctive.</para>
114<para><anchor id="AEN506"/>Q: Mondo does not work on my system. It
115keels over and dies. What's wrong?</para>
116<para>A: It works on Red Hat 7.x, Linux-Mandrake 8.x, some flavors
117of SuSE, some flavors of Slackware, some flavors of Debian, etc.
118The more distributions I support, the more moving targets I have to
119hit. Please bear this in mind when e-mailing the list. :) If you
120would like to help me by beta-testing Mondo (or Mindi) on your PC
121then I would be very interested in working with you to work around
122the eccentricities of your Linux distro. However, rest assured, 90%
123of the bugs reported to me are actually symptoms of FooLinux X.Y's
124unique way of doing things.</para>
125<para><anchor id="AEN511"/>Q: What if the error is in Mindi?</para>
126<para>A: Then send me a copy of /var/log/mindi.log (compressed,
127please) along with a description of your distro, your kernel, etc.
128Oh, and before sending it, please read it.</para>
129<para><anchor id="AEN516"/>Q: Can I trust Mondo?</para>
130<para>A: Mondo has generated reliable archives since May 2000. I
131have lost data by using bad CD-R disks and not verifying their
132contents. Some users have not tried booting from their CD until
133crunch time. Remember to boot into Compare Mode to verify the
134backup before you trust it. If Mondo did not work, you would not be
135reading this. If it does not work for you, your kernel is usually
136the culprit. Check <ulink url="kernelsupport.html">Linux Kernel
137support</ulink> to see what your kernel should support. Please
138e-mail the list (or me) if you need some help with this.</para>
139<para><anchor id="AEN522"/>Q: How do I report a bug?</para>
140<para>A: E-mail the bug report (mondo.err.xxxxx.tgz) to me. If you
141want to discuss it, please e-mail the list. The list is for
142talking; my e-mail address is for big files. :-) If you don't send
143me a logfile then there isn't a lot that I can do for you, so
144PLEASE include a logfile at the very least. Or, pop into #mondo on
145irc.redhat.com and see if I'm there.</para>
146<para><anchor id="AEN527"/>Q: I think Mondo should (...insert
147suggestion here...) and I have rewritten it accordingly. Would you
148like to see my patch?</para>
149<para>A: Absolutely! :-) The best way for you to make Mondo do what
150you want is to modify it and then send me the patch. That way, we
151can all benefit.</para>
152<para><anchor id="AEN532"/>Q: I think Mondo should (...insert
153suggestion here...); will you incorporate this feature for me,
154please?</para>
155<para>A: I'll definitely think about it. Would you like to
156help?</para>
157<para><anchor id="AEN537"/>Q: Mondo says, "XXX is missing," and
158then terminates. What's wrong?</para>
159<para>A: A good Linux distribution should contain XXX but the
160designers, in their infinite wisdom, decided not to include that
161particular tool. Check <ulink url="linuxpackages.html">Related
162Linux Packages</ulink> and install the missing package. If that
163fails, contact the vendor/distributor/manufacturer/designer of your
164distro.</para>
165<para><anchor id="AEN543"/>Q: Can Mondo handle multi-CD backups and
166restores?</para>
167<para>A: Yes, up to twenty CD per set. This 20-CD limit results
168from laziness on my part. I can remove it at any time. However, if
169your system occupies more than 20 CD, may I recommend that you
170invest in a tape streamer?</para>
171<para><anchor id="AEN548"/>Q: Can Mondo handle Linux/Windows
172dual-boot systems?</para>
173<para>A: Yes. If your system currently boots into Linux or Windows
174via LILO, you can backup and restore both OSes at the same time
175using Mondo. If you are using NTFS then add the switch, '-x
176&lt;device&gt;'.</para>
177<para><anchor id="AEN553"/>Q: Can Mondo backup Windows-only
178systems?</para>
179<para>A: Sure, if you pay me to play catch-up to Microsoft. ;)
180Seriously, Mondo can do it but I do not give away the
181functionality. If you are a Microsoft-only user, you are accusomed
182to paying for software and technical support. Please e-mail me for
183more information.</para>
184<para><anchor id="AEN558"/>Q: Does Mondo support LVM?</para>
185<para>A: Mondo supports LVM, yes. Mondo backs up and restores your
186existing setup but it does not make it easy for you to change your
187LVM configuration. You have to edit /tmp/i-want-my-lvm at boot-time
188to do that.</para>
189<para><anchor id="AEN563"/>Q: What if I don't use LILO? What if I
190use GRUB?</para>
191<para>A: GRUB is supported by Mondo.</para>
192<para><anchor id="AEN568"/>Q: Mondoarchive (or mondorestore)
193segfaults when I run it. What could be wrong?</para>
194<para>A: Install from tarball instead of RPM. (Or, try RPM if you
195just installed from tarball.) Your compiler or your libraries may
196be fubar. We'll see. If that doesn't work then please e-mail the
197<ulink url="../../feedback/feedback.html">mailing
198list</ulink>.</para>
199<para><anchor id="AEN573"/>Q: I get the error, 'Cannot find
200/tmp/dev.0' or 'Cannot mount device 0x0701'; what do I do?</para>
201<para>A: Please free up /dev/loop0 using 'losetup /dev/loop0 -d' to
202unmount that loop device. If your OS will not let you do that,
203contact your local support group or Linux vendor.</para>
204<para><anchor id="AEN578"/>Q: Can I create a Mondo CD and then use
205it to create an archive of any OS on any PC?</para>
206<para>A: Not yet. You can use Mondo to backup Linux or
207Linux/Windows dual boot. One day, Mondo will let you backup
208partitions it can't read or write, by treating each partition as
209one long file to be backed up. This file will be chopped,
210compressed and archived like any other big file.</para>
211<para><anchor id="AEN583"/>Q: Why do you insist on putting floppy
212disk images on Mondo CD? They waste space and I never use them. The
213CD works just fine, so why keep the floppy disk images?</para>
214<para>A: Because of my old college buddy, Justin Case. If you
215really, truly want them gone then please submit a patch to make
216them optional.</para>
217<para><anchor id="AEN588"/>Q: Why doesn't the Mondo project have a
218cool-looking animal logo?</para>
219<para>A: Excellent question! Please submit graphics of candidate
220animal logos!</para>
221<para><anchor id="AEN593"/>Q: Is there a Mondo user 'Code of
222Conduct?</para>
223<para>A: Yes. Read the HOWTO. Submit patches. Recommend realistic
224improvements. Be courteous to other users on the discussion list.
225Do not whine.</para>
226<para></para>
227<informaltable><tgroup cols="3"><tbody>
228<row>
229<entry>
230<ulink url="faqoverview.html">Prev</ulink>
231</entry>
232<entry>
233<ulink url="index.html">Home</ulink>
234</entry>
235<entry>
236<ulink url="faqbooting.html">Next</ulink>
237</entry>
238</row>
239<row>
240<entry>
241Overview
242</entry>
243<entry>
244<ulink url="faq.html">Up</ulink>
245</entry>
246<entry>
247Kernel/Linux/Booting
248</entry>
249</row>
250</tbody></tgroup></informaltable>
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