How can I dd over a network - and will it solve my problem?
My idea is this - and it may be bogus so let me know
1) Switch runlevels to something that makes everything read only
2) image the partition to a remote location
3) shutdown the system and create a new image on the linode
4) copy the image back to the linode
5) reboot the linode
Will it work?
Since everything is backed up, the issue really is the time it will take to rebuild the system with the correct versions and all the necessary applications (could take days/weeks of watching errors fall through).
Any other ideas?