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Re: hosts.deny a directory???

On Fri, Sep 20, 2002 at 08:41:16PM -0700, Kenward Vaughan wrote:
> In today's system upgrade I got the following immediate message:
> ...
> Preconfiguring packages ...
> egrep: /etc/hosts.deny: Is a directory
> fgrep: /etc/hosts.deny: Is a directory
> ...
> 'Tis true, and at least one other /etc file is now a directory
> ( /etc/passwd- ). 
> The hosts.deny directory contains one file,  %gconf.xml
> The passwd- directory has a single file as well,  cookie
> I've had some problems recently with /etc getting mauled for unknown
> reasons, requiring pulling out backups to fix things.  The file system for /
> has been messed up several times as well, for unknown reasons.  
> Should I consider reinstalling the system, or can I tell how clean things
> are in some way to assess what the hell is going on?

Sounds like the system is really munged up, possibly filesystem
corruption or failing hardware? 

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