password failure- after mergmaster

John Nielsen lists at
Mon Jul 9 20:13:47 UTC 2007

On Monday 09 July 2007 04:06:01 pm Jean-Paul Natola wrote:
> I got mergemaster to run- but now that the system restarted the root
> password and my password are invalid-
> I can ONLY start in single user mode-
> I still do have level 0 dump of 5.4  on my network is this my only option
> ?

It's always wise to back up /etc before running mergemaster to cover just this 
type of mistake. In this case I'm guessing you replaced 
your /etc/master.passwd with the default one.

From single-user mode, set the root password using the "passwd" utility.

You will probably need to re-add your user account and any others that aren't 
part of the system default. I would grab /etc/master.passwd from your backup 
and do a line-by-line comparison with the file currently installed on your 
system. When re-adding users, be sure to use the same UID's and GID's so that 
file permissions will be correct. See man pw for details.

Alternatively, you could replace /etc/master.passwd with the copy from your 
backup and run mergemaster again. This time pay attention and actually merge 
the file.


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