On Wed, Feb 25, 2004 at 03:30:36PM -0600, Luis Guzmán wrote: > I upgraded my server from FreeBSD 4.6.2 to version 4.8. After this, my passwd file > was empty and my master.passwd was gone! I have a backup of these files and now I > need to rebuild my users database. Is there a way to do this from my old files? I > also need them for my SMB network.
Copy your backup master.passwd file to /etc/master.passwd and then run: # pwd_mkdb /etc/master.passwd which will rebuild the password database, including the /etc/passwd file. Nb. If you upgraded your system using the install media, what it will have done is essentially write over your original system with the updated files. That includes giving you a fresh set of the default versions of the files under /etc -- it will backup your original settings for you, but you're going to have to merge those files with the new ones under /etc. This includes particularly such files as /etc/group, /etc/login.conf, /etc/make.conf, your PPP configuration (if you're using PPP) and any other files you've customised. You may find the following commands useful if you need to restore the group or login.conf files: # cap_mkdb /etc/login.conf # cap_mkdb /etc/group (It does no harm to run those if you're not sure whether you need to or not.) Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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