password failure- after mergmaster

Jean-Paul Natola jnatola at
Mon Jul 9 22:55:50 UTC 2007

On 09/07/07, Jean-Paul Natola <jnatola at> wrote:
> 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


I'll try that in the am-  I am just about finished configuring a new server (
well a replacement  drive in the box)- since I have all my important info; 
Config files cf files etc.. saved, I should be done  pretty soon.

But I will definitely try your method just to satisfy my curiosity

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