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Old 11-26-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Broken files/owner/group.

I have many files that I cannot access due to fouled up permissions. Here is a sample of part of /usr/lib/kde3/; anyone have a clue about the cause? :

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8124 2006-11-02 15:23
?--------- ? ? ? ? ?
?---rwSr-x 42990 3533744110 2817143842 2817115392 1923-03-03 21:55
?--------- ? ? ? ? ?
?--------- ? ? ? ? ?
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1418 2006-11-02 15:09

This is an etch install, several months old, and has been repeated dist-upgraded.
Old 11-26-2006, 05:28 PM   #2
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Suggestion: put your files in a save place and re-install with a new Etch net-install CD. I'm not aware of any tool/utility to repair this kind of error, perhaps an file-system check could help (but not sure it can)
Old 11-27-2006, 01:28 AM   #3
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the only time I've seen similar(on my own system), thankfully it was only for my regular user. when logged in as root, the problem was gone. I copied the affected files to another partition (as root) and formatted the affected partition. I still don't know what happened or why. All I know for certain is the problem only affected my regular user. here's hoping you are so lucky kmoffat.
Old 11-27-2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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Well! I thought before I reinstalled I'd try a forced fsck, so ran:
e2fsck -f /dev/hdb1
which gave a too many errors error and made me run it manually, which I did, and after pressing return a billion times to fix problems, I seem to have fixed this mess. This is, of course, very tentative, but very hopeful!

Thanks for the answers, and wish me luck!


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