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im a newbie to linux and i have redhat linux 8.0 on my computer. i have a GRUB dual boot . today when i was booting u plinux it asked me to delete the modules.conf file from .etc/ and after i did that and rebooted to get into my login nothing was the same. like it changed my default name to localhost instead of root i guess. and then when i login into the kde or gnome no icons are there. no shortcuts. no internet connection. i dunno what happened. i was wondering if there was like a system restore available or i have to reformat the whole partition and install linux again. im new so if u could like give me the step by step instruction for getting out of this trouble it would be really helpful
Your modules.conf file will tell your system usually what modules to load, example ethernet cards usually will use modules to get you online, to get the card recognized and working.
If you removed it, there's a chance that its gone for good.
From what your describing though, sounds to me like it deleted more than just that file.
If you didn't have too much to lose, this is the times you might want to consider reinstalling. But first, check your logs for any suspicious activity. Does anyone else have access to this machine? How was it connected to the internet? More details?
And in the future, your machine should never ask you to delete files at boot up in such ways. If you don't know what the file does, don't say yes next time and always make backups of your system. Good backups with Linux are your /home and /etc directories. /etc holds all configurations files, /home holds all your user preferences, files and such for each user.
Please help me.
I am using RH 9. Just installed last 3 days, when come to login interface I use the same username and password as I created during installation, it's OK. But now it display the message "User account has expired!". Then I try the admin login, message "Authentication failed". ???