Lost some groups on my system

Christopher Lemire christopher.lemire at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 10:29:02 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM, Jordon Bedwell <jordon at envygeeks.com>wrote:

>   On 8/26/2010 9:30 PM, Christopher Lemire wrote:
> > Hello Ubuntu users, I was trying to change the groups the git user (I
> > created for a git repository) belonged to. I thought I was changing which
> > groups that user belonged to but I ended up removing a lot of groups from
> my
> > system. Now I can't use sudo because one of the groups, admin, was
> deleted.
> > I made a temporary fix to that by enabling the root user account and
> using
> > it when needed. How can I restore to default? I thought that dpkg
> > --configure -a would do it, but it did not.
> >
> You should have /etc/groups.orig and /etc/passwd.orig I don't remember
> the command off the top of my head but there is a command to do it too,
> try searching for it in /sbin and /usr/sbin
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I do have an automatic backup that was made I did not know about, not the
original. The auto backups were replaced when I added back the admin group.
If I had known about the automatic backups, I would have preserved them.

Anyways, I do not have any original files created.

chris at lucid:~/Downloads$ su -
root at lucid:~# updatedb
updatedb: can not find group `mlocate'
root at lucid:~# locate group.org
root at lucid:~# locate groups.org
root at lucid:~# locate passwd.org
root at lucid:~# find /etc/ -name "group.org\|groups.org\|passwd.org"
root at lucid:~#

Christopher Lemire <christopher.lemire at gmail.com>
Ubuntu 64 bit Linux Raid Level 0

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