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Re: Startup files disappeared [Urgent!]

On Thu, Jun 18, 1998 at 12:29:15AM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 17, 1998 at 03:31:07PM +0000, Jay Barbee wrote:
> > 
> > I did not want it installed, I prefer the sym-links myself aswell.  All seems 
> > normal now that it is removed.  I guess I will know when it is time to reboot 
> > (hopefully in another 93 days <g>).
> Somewhat unrelated, but worth noting in this context:
> I had once my whole /etc directory disappear into lost+found.

I hate it when that happens

> After booting
> from a rescue disk and fixing about three files (passwd, login.defs and
> something I don't remember), I was able to boot in single user mode and fix
> the system.

ahh yes..been there and done that...always FUN.

> What I want to say is, even if the symlinks would be missing, the system
> would still be able to boot in single user mode (maybe with only partly
> support for certain hardware/partitions etc).

well that depends on the problem..the fil;esystem corruption that I saw was 
unfixable. even fsck couldn't save it. It was bad...I could acess files
(sorta) and create files (which got their data promptly corrupted)
but I couldn't ever delete files. (it would try and fail)
(I made tarballs and sent them off to a win95 machine on an SMB share
all of them had corrupt data...only 2 of them could I get any useable
data from at all)

as always the moral is...backup, backup, backup
(but yes 90% of the time you can restore using lost+found and all the
cool neat tricks)

Of course... THEN my hardware startedto go bad...but thats another story 

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