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Old 08-26-2003, 03:09 PM   #1
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Totally screwed up!

I installed gnome-system-tools today, thought I should check it out. Problem is users-admin totally screwed up. Suddenly both my /etc/passwd and my /etc/shadow were totally gone. I have succeeded to get the root user back (pure luck, I had root logged in to a terminal and could do an useradd). However the directory /root is totally gone.

My biggest problem right now seems to be:

1. My rpm database is totally gone. The command rpm -qa outputs nothing. rpm with argument --rebuilddb or --initdb does nothing. How the heck do I get this back?

2. All other users are gone. How do I know which users to put there? For example cups refuses to start because the user lp is gone, I now there were quite many more users there...

3. I don't know if I'm brave enough to turn my computer off. I don't know if I will be able to start Linux up again...

Someone, please help!

Old 08-26-2003, 03:12 PM   #2
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My suggestion:

backup important info;
reinstall linux

Old 08-26-2003, 03:14 PM   #3
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Salt Lake City, UT and Spokane, WA
Distribution: Mandrake 10.0, Gentoo, FreeSBIE 1.0
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Yeah, I'd think a reinstall would be the best route here. Backup your critical data... ie mp3s, vids, etc. At least thats the critical data I backup each time I reinstall


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