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Date:      Sun, 19 Aug 2001 12:23:57 +0800
From:      "Rino Mardo" <>
To:        "tim tom" <>, <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: user accounts are not loading.. Can not log in.
Message-ID:  <000001c1286c$e18a49c0$6ea145ca@rino>
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in the future (and for those who have a working system and haven't done it
yet) either run the script in /etc/periodic/daily/xxx.backup (just check the
exact name; escapes my mind at the moment) so you can have backup of system
files in /var/backup OR

copy those system files (like master.passwd, /etc/passwd, and so on) to
floppies (seems that floppies are the most reliable backup - fd not working
just replace it, no need to fiddle with SCSI IDs or SCSI cards and so on) so
that next time you won't have to worry about your user's usernames/password
or even root's.

just my 2cents.


----- Original Message -----
From: tim tom <>
To: <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2001 8:42 AM
Subject: user accounts are not loading.. Can not log in.

> I got a computer running Freebsd... if you could help
> me I would very much appreciate it.  Here is what
> happened.
> I am running a dell poweredges by the way :-)
> The system had gone down and I was unable to log in
> via SSH.  The box still pinged so I went to the
> console and it was scrolling with errors from the hard
> drive...   I tried to use the keyboard but I was
> unable to get a login screen.  So, I rebooted the box
> and I was told by the bios the hard drives where not
> there.  I went into the bios and then alt-b which
> rebooted the machine.  (after I re-seeded all the
> connections to the hard drives)  The machine came back
> up however when the drives where being checked because
> freebsd was not rebooted there was errors found.  When
> the system finally came up it was giving errors like
> the master.passwd file was gone.  Nothing could start
> (apache, named bla bla bla)... I then rebooted and
> stopped the boot process so I could look at the files
> master.passwd and the group file and so forth.  They
> all seem to be in tact with no problems.  However the
> system will can not find user root, nobody or FTP.  Do
> you have any ideas on what I can do next?   Other than
> that the system comes up and gives me a login
> prompted.
> Hope to hear from you soon.

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