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bio website xkcd.com/386
location Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
age 36
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen May 28 at 14:49

Generally, I hang out at StackOverflow, giving a lot more answers than asking questions.

I'm not a Linux/Unix person, so in these parts it will likely be the other way around.

Oh, and I have a Unicorn, too :)

My Unicorn


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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Curious
Nov
13
revised How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
the actual solution
Nov
13
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Now that I know I can easily switch between shadow and passwd I can try to make authentication work in apache.
Nov
13
suggested suggested edit on How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Nov
13
accepted How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Nov
13
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
I've renamed /etc/shadow to /etc/shadow_ and /etc/passwd- to /etc/passwd. So far this had no ill-effects, I can still log in normally. (Apache still does not let me in though, apparently that's a disconnected problem.)
Nov
11
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Okay, sounds reasonable enough, I just wanted a confirmation. I'll try and report back.
Nov
11
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
@Michael I do have a backup, albeit an older one, made at the time before I started installing all kinds of libs and packages. There also is the option of factory-resetting the box, but that's scary because I would lose the RAID. I prefer poking the right files, but currently I lack the necessary understanding.
Nov
11
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
It's a single user system anyway, so having all stuff in /etc/passwd is not a real drawback. I'm also hesitant of changing stuff in /etc/pam.d for fear shutting myself out of the system. I have set up ssh with public key authentication, is there a chance that changing pam_unix options breaks this?
Nov
11
comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Yes, I've tried installing that module (apt-get), but for some reason it wouldn't install. I did not want to break apache by meddling with it unless I also had a way to back out. I'll try merging/renaming as soon as I understand what makes the system use shadow in the first place.
Nov
11
revised How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
typo
Nov
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comment How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
You mean passwd and passwd-? Yes, that file exists. But how do I configure the system to stop using shadow?
Nov
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asked How do I switch from /etc/shadow back to /etc/passwd?
Oct
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awarded  Popular Question
Feb
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comment How to interpret badblocks output
In this case it's a suspect disk that I'm using exclusively with badblocks. No other process writes to it. Is there a way to visualize the output file with the bad sector list, short of manually calculating their position?
Feb
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comment How to interpret badblocks output
That wasn't even the question.
Feb
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comment How to interpret badblocks output
Of course that's also the reason why there are no kernel error messages in the (0/0/120 errors) case.
Feb
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accepted How to interpret badblocks output
Feb
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comment How to interpret badblocks output
Perfect. Looking it up in the source the one thing that should have occurred to me, but somehow it didn't. Thanks. :)