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#1 2013-02-03 12:23:34

Argo_x
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Problems after messing with pacnews

Hi guys.
I am very new to linux systems (in terms of experience) so i humbly ask you for help.
After many updates i noticed pacman's notes about .pacnews and acquaint myself with wiki article on it.
So i decided to try and 'sudo yaourt -C' this.
I dunno why but i thought that 'R' in

Action: [E]dit, [R]eplace, [S]uppress, [C]ontinue (default), [A]bort ?

was a nice thing to dispose of those useless .pacnews (i carefully compare them with Kompare) and happily applied it to this list till the 'shadow.pacnew' including:

1 11/22/2012 06:20:58 PM  /etc/fstab.pacnew
2 12/04/2012 05:02:24 AM  /etc/group.pacnew
3 12/04/2012 05:02:24 AM  /etc/gshadow.pacnew
4 12/04/2012 05:02:24 AM  /etc/passwd.pacnew
5 12/04/2012 05:02:24 AM  /etc/shadow.pacnew
6 12/26/2012 02:23:54 PM  /etc/locale.gen.pacnew
7 02/03/2013 04:22:20 AM  /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.pacnew

After that i accidently opened new Konsole window and stumble on '[I have no name!@arch ~]$' here. Since things started to look very fishy i tried 'sudo' and 'login' to gain root access and try to fix things but 'sudo: unknown uid 1000: who are you?' and silence were the accordingly response i get, and then i realised that i actually replaced my files with the default .pacnew ones.
So while my system's still working i came here for help - since i don't really know is my system's still recoverable and what should i do to fix all that mess.
Any help would be highly appreciated.

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#2 2013-02-03 12:30:52

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Re: Problems after messing with pacnews

Everything you describe sounds like a yaourt problem, not a pacnew problem, but am I understanding the end result right that you properly handled all of the pacnews *except* shadow.pacnew?

If so, see `man pwconv` to restore shadow.


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#3 2013-02-03 12:47:53

Argo_x
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Re: Problems after messing with pacnews

Everything you describe sounds like a yaourt problem

Well, one really can interpret [R]eplace here

==> .pacnew: /etc/fstab
==> Action: [E]dit, [R]eplace, [S]uppress, [C]ontinue (default), [A]bort ?

as 'replace pacnews with the old files aka delete them' (and that was actually an option i was searching for, but failed and confused it with [R]eplace) but it also was my mistake for hastening things and not properly reading what have been right before my eyes in the Konsole's output.

you properly handled all of the pacnews *except* shadow.pacnew?

Unfortunately no, writing this in a hurry i probably did not made it clear - i actually replaced all these (i.e. originals) files except 'locale.gen' and 'mirrorlist' with the .pacnew's and that's a very big problem as i understand now.

Last edited by Argo_x (2013-02-03 13:38:27)

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