Urgent!. Problem with / etc / rc.conf

Bill Tillman btillman99 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 6 13:37:50 UTC 2011


From: Zantgo <zantgo at gmail.com>
To: Robert Simmons <rsimmons0 at gmail.com>
Cc: "freebsd-questions at FreeBSD.org" <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 6, 2011 12:52 AM
Subject: Re: Urgent!. Problem with / etc / rc.conf

El 06-11-2011, a las 1:29, Robert Simmons <rsimmons0 at gmail.com> escribió:

> On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 12:10 AM, Zantgo <zantgo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Without wanting to erase all contents of / etc / rc.conf, by running "echo" slim_enable = "YES" "> / etc / rc.conf". Please help!.
> Well, the absolute basics would be:
> hostname="<YourHostNameHere>"
> ifconfig_<NameOfNicCardDeviceHere>"="inet <IPADDRESS> netmask <NETMASK>"
> defaultrouter="<IPOfGateway/Router>"
> You may also have had:
> sshd_enable="YES"
> You can also look at dmesg -a and get a grasp over what other services
> you had started.
> Two other things, use >> rather than > to append to the file (better
> yet, learn vi, it's much safer), and always backup any changes from
> default you make to config files.  I keep them all on pastebin.com for
> convenience, but you can keep them anywhere, even scribbled on a
> postit note stuck to the front of the server in question (what I used
> to do).
> Rob
I gave up, and now reinstall everything again :(
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Wow, to reinstall everything is like throwing the baby out with the bath water. Rather drastic. There are some simple steps you could have taken to get things back to normal but without knowing what you had in your original rc.conf file that's probably oversimplifying things. 

I keep a little script in my /root/bin folder to backup my config files periodically to another server. This is something you should look into. We all make mistakes and when we do, a backup copy can make the difference between "oh wow" and "oh f***".

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