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Old 05-07-2007, 09:02 PM   #1
TuxLives
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deleted my /var/log directory


I accidentally deleted my /var/log directory (and it perm deleted not trash bin). Now my machine won't boot into X (kde). Any good way back or just reinstall?
 
Old 05-07-2007, 09:09 PM   #2
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Boot your machine with your install CD (or a rescue CD), mount the partition when /var lives and created the /var/log directory. The permissions on mine are 0755, the owner:group is root:root. Most of the logs files will be created when your box re-boots and if you get errors about missing log files, use the touch command to create them.

I may have misread your post - if you can already boot to a command prompt, login as root make the directory from there:
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mkdir -p /var/log && chown root:root /var/log && chmod -c 0755 /var/log

Last edited by gilead; 05-07-2007 at 09:10 PM.
 
Old 05-07-2007, 10:02 PM   #3
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Boot your machine with your install CD (or a rescue CD), mount the partition when /var lives and created the /var/log directory. The permissions on mine are 0755, the owner:group is root:root. Most of the logs files will be created when your box re-boots and if you get errors about missing log files, use the touch command to create them.

I may have misread your post - if you can already boot to a command prompt, login as root make the directory from there:
Code:
mkdir -p /var/log && chown root:root /var/log && chmod -c 0755 /var/log

Thank you, that got me back to the desktop!
 
  


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