How to recover/reinitialize a trashed /var partition?

David Kreil kreil at
Wed Jul 28 19:02:26 PDT 2004

Dear Brandon D Valentine,

Thank you for your helpful comments.

> You may have to touch/chown/chmod a few files here and there to make
> sure the appropriate users have permissions to write to/from them.  See
> /usr/src/etc/Makefile for some more information on that.
> Unfortunately I don't think there is a 'var' target in any of those
> Makefiles.

Thanks for the pointer. Yes, shame there is no such target. Considering that 
folks generally advise putting /var on a separate partition, my kind of bad 
luck must be quite common.

With best regards,


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