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Date:      Mon, 9 Jul 2007 17:51:37 -0500
From:      "illoai@gmail.com" <illoai@gmail.com>
To:        "Jean-Paul Natola" <jnatola@familycareintl.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD-Questions@freebsd.org, Peter Boosten <peter@boosten.org>
Subject:   Re: password failure- after mergmaster
Message-ID:  <d7195cff0707091551i29ebe13dv77b49b92d52dfef5@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <3A85D7EF44E1C744BF6434691F5659E9702CFE@www.fcimail.org>
References:  <20070709213038.GA66595@Grumpy.DynDNS.org> <3A85D7EF44E1C744BF6434691F5659E9702CFE@www.fcimail.org>

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On 09/07/07, Jean-Paul Natola <jnatola@familycareintl.org> wrote:
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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
> > accounts, which need to be added to the existing passwd or groups
> > 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
> dummy
>
>
> 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 /bin/sh
>
> I hit enter and I see the same message again , and again , and again and
> again

Try typing /rescue/sh

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