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 From:  "James W. McKeand" <james at mckeand dot biz>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Cc:  "'Lasse Laurila'" <lasse at timehouse dot fi>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Salvaging configuration in the case of broken config floppy
 Date:  Fri, 17 Sep 2004 09:15:31 -0400
If you could get into the WebGUI, you should be able to use the
backup/restore under Diagnostics. This will allow you to download the
config.xml to your workstation, then copy to a new diskette.

But, that does not help because you cannot login.

How much of the config do you remember? You may want to set up a second
machine using a CD and floppy. You will need to use the same version you are
running in production box. Try to set  everything as close to the original
as you can remember: Passwords, IPs, rules, etc. Then put the floppy in the
production box.

Do you know if the floppy drive in the production box is damaged? Or is it
just dirty...

Does anyone have a better idea?

Hope this helps...

James W. McKeand

-----Original Message-----
From: Lasse Laurila [mailto:lasse at timehouse dot fi] 
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 5:28 AM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
Subject: [m0n0wall] Salvaging configuration in the case of broken config

A year ago I set up an old PC box to serve as a firewall. It boots from CD
and uses a floppy disk to store it's configuration. It has been running
continuously ever since.

Today I logged in with my web browser and deleted a rule. It took ages to
save and finally I got this error:

	XML error: no m0n0wall object found! 

I took the disk from the firewall machine and found out it was broken. All I
found was partly destroyed directory entry pointing to config.xml, all
actual XML data was gone.

I have the box still up and running, but now I can't even log in (same error
appears immediately after username/password inquiry). I connected a monitor
to the box and all I see is this menu with some basic config and reboot

Is there any way I could salvage the configuration? Can it be written back
to a (working) floppy from RAM?


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