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Old 02-24-2004, 07:52 PM   #1
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Exclamation Emergency - /bin accidentally overwritten


Ok, it's the stupidest thing ever. I mean to type mv -f blah ./*, but what I actually type is mv -f blah /*.

Luckily, it seems the mv died on trying to overwrite /boot, which was right after /bin, which was the first alphebetical directory.

So here's the situation I am in right now - I have shell access, even though bash was removed along with everything else, but since it's still running, I still have it.

I don't have ls, mount, chmod, or any of the other /bin utils.

By chance, I happened to have a webserver elsewhere on the internet that I was able to FTP to and transfer a .gz of the entire /bin directory into my /root.

But, since /bin doesn't exist any more, and mkdir is inside of it, I can't make /bin, nor do I have mv to put the gz file into the directory, though I do have gzip, by way of the same ftp connection.

I have another older version of Mandrake locked away on an unmounted partition, which I can't mount because I don't have that either.

I would really like to avoid totally reinstalling the system, especially since it seems like I can *almost* fix it.

If you have any suggestions, they would be appreciated.
 
Old 02-24-2004, 07:57 PM   #2
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hmm, perhaps you should cd into /bin (cd being an internal command) then ftp the programs indvidually using mget
 
Old 02-24-2004, 07:58 PM   #3
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Regrettable, /bin doesn't exist. Is there a way to force a directory to be created, besides with mkdir?
 
Old 02-24-2004, 07:59 PM   #4
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better yet use sftp to ftp as root therefore you can cd to the /bin directory on the webserver via ftp and access it
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:00 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by davidbalt
Regrettable, /bin doesn't exist. Is there a way to force a directory to be created, besides with mkdir?
With a little luck you have
mc
somewhere in
/usr/bin
or
/usr/local/bin

Have a look :}


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:03 PM   #6
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No MC. Originally, I was hoping to unpack the rpm with MC in it. That's what led me to recognize that rpm and every other useful tool in linux is in the bloody /bin directory.
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:07 PM   #7
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ok, so sftp to your webserver, copy over /bin/mkdir then ./mkdir /bin then cd /bin sftp back to your webserver's /bin directory and get everything good luck
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:18 PM   #8
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Alright. I'm convinced that the last post would work, IF I could chmod the downloaded file to executable. Is there any way to do this manually?
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:22 PM   #9
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if you use sftp, it should automatically be executable uppon transfer
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:23 PM   #10
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Yes, but the webserver rejects my connection via sftp.
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:27 PM   #11
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If you had a livecd or at least a minimal rootdisk, you would have any number of ways to do it after rebooting.

Anyone suggest a small livecd iso?
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:29 PM   #12
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ok, well you will have to turn on the sshd on your webserver....
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:30 PM   #13
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KNOPPIX or Slax
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:32 PM   #14
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the command to start sshd would be /usr/sbin/sshd then you should have ssh and sftp access
 
Old 02-24-2004, 08:38 PM   #15
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Well, my setup is a little unusual since it isn't really my server. It is a Virtual Private Server, which means that I have access to things like /bin, but I can't enable/disable services. I can use ssh, and in fact I am using it, but sftp must be disabled for some administative reason.
 
  


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