Lost Root, what to do

Frederik Dannemare frederik at dannemare.net
Wed Apr 6 17:45:12 CDT 2005

On Wednesday 06 April 2005 23:58, Abdullah Ramazanoglu wrote:
> Leaf wrote:
> > On Wednesday 06 April 2005 11:29, Abdullah Ramazanoglu wrote:
>   --8<--
> > Well I did as you suggested, rebooted and had many errors trying to
> > login (can't start dcop, something about it and dhcppc 0, x server
> > grumbles and finally KDE failed to start followed by an error about
> > Konserve).  I went back and found group.bak and something else I
> > now forget.  Used those backups, still failed.
>   --8<--
> I went the same route as you and managed to recover root. Here is the
> detailed account of what I've done. Perhaps the culprit is in some
> minor detail, so you can see where our methods differ.
> 0. Backed up with:  cp -a /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} /root
> 1. Went to Kuser and deleted root. Kuser didn't mind accepting my
> request and happily deleted root (a bug, IMHO). It asked whether to
> delete also the home dir (/root) and mailbox (/var/mail/root).
> 2. In another pop-up dialog it asked whether to delete the user's
> private group (root). I let it delete also the root group.
> 3. System busted. Nothing sudo related works. Rebooted again into
> Kubuntu, without a root, to test and proliferate the situation
> if/where applicable.
[ ... ]

I took the liberty of submitting a report to bugzilla with your 
comments: <https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=8736>
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