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after rsync restore - cannot login



Hi All;

I did a backup of a test Fedora 10 install as follows:

1) installed Fedora 10 and applied no updates

2) booted into single user mode and as root ran this:

rsync -av <dir> /stage/backup

I wrapped the above rsync command in a script where <dir> is replaced with the root (/) dir's I want backed up. Basically everything except the following:

/proc

/dev

/sys

/stage

Then I rebooted, and ran a yum update, installed a new kernel, many packages, etc

Then as a test I booted back into single user mode and as root ran this:

rsync -av --delete /stage/backup/<dir> /

again the above command was in a script where <dir> was replaced with the same list of root (/) dirs as I used for the backup

once complete I rebooted and now I cannot login, I get to a login screen but a login just takes me back to the login screen again.

I booted into single user mode, and ran init 3

at the login prompt I tried to login as root and some text flashes by the screen too quickly to read however I did catch the phrase 'permission denied'

What have I done wrong ?

Thanks in advance...


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