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Old 10-08-2002, 11:48 AM   #1
debPandra
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Unhappy how to recover /etc/passwd?


hello,
by mistake I deleted all the content of the /etc/passwd. I have red hat 7.2. It uses the /etc/shadow file. I don't know if this could help. Next time I will do a backup of the /etc/passwd file, but now, is there any way to recover the content of that file? i didnt restart the computer yet.

thanks a lot for your reply
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Old 10-08-2002, 11:57 AM   #2
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If you are REALLY lucky you might find an /etc/passwd- there ... if not, have fun
 
Old 10-08-2002, 12:00 PM   #3
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the /etc/passwd- is also empty. is there ANY way to recover it?
 
Old 10-08-2002, 12:02 PM   #4
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At least none I can think of right now ... maybe some rescue software might be possible to do so ... but I doubt it honestly!
 
Old 10-08-2002, 12:05 PM   #5
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so... what does that mean? I have to reinstall linux, reinstall all the software? do what?
 
Old 10-08-2002, 12:44 PM   #6
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No, it means you have to rebuild your /etc/passwd file. Look in a Redhat linux manual, or maybe someone who has a redhat filesystem handy ( I don't I'm at work with no Linux) can post their /etc/passwd with only the default users listed in it and you can cut and paste it into your /etc/passwd file. Then you'll have to run adduser to rebuild the users on your system and reset their passwords, etc... Whatever you do don't reboot the box until you have a working /etc/passwd or you WILL be re-installing (or at least coming up in single-user mode to re-build /etc/passwd).
 
  


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