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user failures



Greetings;

I had my boot drives partition table zeroed out last night by something unk, 
and then X froze.  Tapping the reset button is SOP here for that, but its 
been weeks since X has locked up like that.

On the reboot, no dice.  Screens full of 'GRUB'.

Boot f8 dvd in rescue mode, find partition table has been zeroed out on the 
boot drive. As in all balls folks.

And no copy of it was available on another media, so, screw it, go ahead and 
install F8, using only that drive.  That went swimmingly.

I've used both amanda, and early on, dd to recover enough from my amandatapes 
to get amanda installed and running again.  But in the process of dd'ing 
that, the user, me, got overwritten in /home cuz I grabbed the whole /home 
tree as saved from the FC6 install.

So, can I, as root, copy that /home/gene tree to /home/gene.old, remove that 
user and then adduser  again, then copy stuff back a bit more selectively 
this time and have it work ok again?

It makes sense anyway.

My initial login to x was as gene, then su - to run such as yum, amrecover 
etc. Symptoms ATM for the user gene are that the kmenu looks good, but 
clicking on anything in it to run it fails, apparently silently.

-- 
Cheers, Gene
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
 soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)
WHERE CAN THE MATTER BE
	Oh, dear, where can the matter be
	When it's converted to energy?
	There is a slight loss of parity.
	Johnny's so long at the fair.


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