Opened 6 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#11911 closed enhancement (invalid)

Give user more help in failsafe mode

Reported by: 70d7a4f46 <v.ovcacik@…> Owned by: developers
Priority: normal Milestone: Barrier Breaker 14.07
Component: other Version: Trunk
Keywords: failsafe, banner, troubleshooting, help Cc:


I think it would be useful to add some troubleshooting instructions in OpenWRT's failsafe mode.


  • failsafe-specific commands (like mount_root and firstboot) are rarely used and thus unknown to users.
  • provide explicit instructions while the user is offline and can't see OpenWRT's wiki or get help elsewhere.
  • explicitly distinguish failsafe mode

This could be realized with banner. The instructions itself may be quite brief:

  • mount_root - mounts JFFS2 partition with your config files
  • /etc/config - directory with config files
  • firstboot - reset settings to factory defaults
  • help_failsafe - provides additional instructions on common troubleshooting
    • this would be new command/script for instructions solving common problems that just can't fit in banner
  • reboot -f - reboots router
  • other?!
BusyBox v1.19.4 (2012-07-23 23:54:14 UTC) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

 ================== FAILSAFE MODE ====================
  * mount_root      mounts partition with config files
  * /etc/config            directory with config files
  * firstboot       reset settings to factory defaults
  * passwd                       reset root's password
  * help_failsafe     provides additional instructions
  * reboot -f                           reboots router
  _______                     ________        __
 |       |.-----.-----.-----.|  |  |  |.----.|  |_
 |   -   ||  _  |  -__|     ||  |  |  ||   _||   _|
 |_______||   __|_____|__|__||________||__|  |____|
          |__| W I R E L E S S   F R E E D O M
 ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT (Bleeding Edge, r32793)
  * 1/4 oz Vodka      Pour all ingredients into mixing
  * 1/4 oz Gin        tin with ice, strain into glass.
  * 1/4 oz Amaretto
  * 1/4 oz Triple sec
  * 1/4 oz Peach schnapps
  * 1/4 oz Sour mix
  * 1 splash Cranberry juice

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comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by Bastian Bittorf <bittorf@…>

i like it. please apply. IRC will be much more quiet after this 8-)

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by jogo

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

Feel free to submit a patch to the mailing list according to SubmittingPatches. I'll close this ticket to keep trac mostly for actual bugs, further discussion should be done in the forums, mailing lists or IRC.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by jow

  • Milestone changed from Attitude Adjustment 12.09 to Barrier Breaker 14.07

Milestone Attitude Adjustment 12.09 deleted

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