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Old 11-07-2006, 09:52 AM   #1
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/etc/mtab has bad permissions/owner/group on Ubuntu Edgy

Happened on two systems, one is a AMD64 Ubuntu 6.06 dist-upgraded to 6.10, other is a i386 laptop 6.06 dist-upgraded to 6.10.

Same problem occurs on both, not system-halting, but pretty ugly...

Every so often I get "cannot read /etc/mtab" or something along those lines from different programs...

When I looked into it, I got things like "/etc/mtab: permission denied" as root when running ls -l /etc/mtab

If I do a ls -l /etc I get the following:
... snipped ...
drwxr-xr-x  2 root   root        72 2006-08-05 19:24 esound
?---------  ? ?      ?            ?                ? /etc/mtab
drwxr-xr-x  2 root   root       592 2006-10-27 14:36 event.d
... snipped ...
Which is thoroughly confusing... Even with ls -ln (trying to get just a owner _number_) gives the same output...

Anyone have any idea what happened, or how to fix it?
Old 11-08-2006, 06:56 PM   #2
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I don't know how it happened, but it may be that the file info has become corrupted. I'd recommend booting with your install disk and running fsck over the partition.


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