password failure- after mergmaster

David Kelly dkelly at
Mon Jul 9 20:17:52 UTC 2007

On Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 04:06:01PM -0400, 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-

You let mergemaster clobber the password file.

So in single user, "mount -a", then use vipw to recreate your accounts
in the password database. On exit from vipw use passwd to set the

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
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