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Re: Loss of accounts with f11 update

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On 04/03/2009 04:15 AM, shmuel siegel wrote:
> I did a massive (~800mb) yum update last night, apparently in two
> stages. My laptop ran out of power in the middle before completing the
> transaction. I later ran yum-complete-transaction which removed 173
> packages. I know that at least some of this was correct since it removed
> old versions of wine and wireshark. Unfortunately, the passwd file seems
> to have problems now, the boot process complains that root is an unknown
> user. After loading all daemons that will work, the machine becomes
> unusable since I don't know any valid login names.
> 1) - how do I make my laptop usable ( I don't want to reinstall because
> I am not sure that I remember how to up broadcom wireless)
> 2) - what should I look for to help track down the problem

I had this same problem without crashing my machine, here is how to fix it

Boot the machine and enter grub and add 'S' to the end of the kernel
line and boot the machine, this will get you into single user mode.

Go into /etc and look for *.rpmsave files... rename all those files to
not have .rpmsave on the end... ie  groups.rpmsave -> groups

Go into /etc/pam.d and do the same thing...

reboot normally...

After this you should be able to login.


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