Bob broke ubuntu

Lonni J Friedman netllama at
Tue Oct 7 08:45:55 PDT 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:41 AM, Live session user <ol.bob at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-06 at 21:24 -0500, David A. Bandel wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:43 AM, C M Reinehr <cmr at> wrote:
>> > On Sun 05 October 2008 09:37, David A. Bandel wrote:
> My question has nothing to do with David's question except it caused me
> to have tgis problem.   have two drives /dev/sda1 & /dev/sda2.  2 is a
> 142 gig drive with an upgraded/updated Ubuntu 8.10 on it.  The other
> drive has a SuSE 10.1 on it.  Or they did.  After reading all the
> comments about David's problem I thought, "Why don't I upgrade my SuSE
> drive/partition"?  So, I booted the SuSE DVD and discovered that there
> was a problem with the passwd file.  Apparently I some how blew away??
> my Ubuntu installation, although the last screen said no damage had been
> done to any of the other installations.  Oh, 15 gigs on sda1 is an XP
> installation to use my blood glucose meter.  I'm typing this using the
> Ubunti 8.04 disk.  Can any of you folks give me some idea how to get at
> my Ubuntu partition?  I've tried sudo cd /dev/sda6 (where it was
> before), /dev/hda6.

If you no longer have /etc/passwd, then you're pretty badly hosed at
this point, and need to restore from backups.  I'd be surprised if
/etc/passwd is the only thing gone.

Also /dev/hda6 doesn't necessarily equal /dev/sda6.

L. Friedman                                    netllama at

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