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Date:      Mon, 9 Jul 2007 17:44:31 -0400
From:      "Jean-Paul Natola" <>
To:        <>, "Chuck Swiger" <>
Cc:        Peter Boosten <>
Subject:   RE: password failure- after mergmaster
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On Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 01:29:44PM -0700, Chuck Swiger wrote:
> On Jul 9, 2007, at 1:25 PM, Peter Boosten wrote:
> >
> >Having read this I must admit that it's a complete mystery to me why
> >mergemaster would touch your password file at all...
> Because sometimes new versions of the OS come with new built-in user =20
> accounts, which need to be added to the existing passwd or groups =20
> databases somehow?

Yes, exactly. Have to *merge* the changes into /etc/master.passwd rather
than brute force overwrite.

Notice the difference from my first post in this thread, the file which
was clobbered is /etc/master.passwd, not just /etc/passwd which is a

I'M DONE now- now I cant even boot into safe or single user mode

It keeps asking me to enter full pathname of  shell or RETURN  for =

I hit enter and I see the same message again , and again , and again and

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