/etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory

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  1. thedoouge macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello, When I boot I get a full black screen, and:
    /etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory
    /etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory
    -sh-2.05b#
    I have tried fsck -f and it runs, I get the response
    The volume Macintosh HD appears to be ok
    I type "reboot" and it starts rebooting again and I get the loop of:
    /etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory
    /etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory
    -sh-2.05b#
    Is there any way of fixing this problem?
    I am running OSX 10.3.9 on a 17" iMac
    Thanks in advance
    Patrick
     
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  3. RoadKill macrumors member

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    #3
    what where you doing before this started to happen?

    I think the quickest/easiest way to get your system stable again might be to put in your OS disc and boot holding C at the chime and do a "archive and install"
     
  4. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    can you "cd" into the "/etc" path and then do a "ls" and does it give any output?

    if it doesnt well i guess you could try to "cd" into "/private" and "ls" to tell us whats in there
     
  5. thedoouge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #5
    That fixed it!

    Thank you very much, that fixed the problem.
    I learned 2 lessons today.
    1/ Don't delete it if you don't know what it does
    2/Forums really work!
    Thanks again
    Patrick:)
     
  6. Edmond4 macrumors newbie

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    #6
    Google Searched This, Same Issue

    I have the same issue this guy did, but the directions given don't solve my problem.

    I have on screen when attempting to boot:

    /etc/master.passwd: No such file or directory

    Then on the next line: -sh-2.05b#

    And what did I do? Deleted three aliases on my startup disc. Looked like clutter, didn't recognize they were aliases I created, so I put them in the trash and deleted it.

    If I reboot from disc, how do I get the disc into the drive? Holding down the eject doesn't work. Holding down "C" doesn't give me the option to boot from a backup USB connected hard drive.

    Much appreciated guys. I did this kind of stuff in early windows use, deleting something that looked like trash or spy ware, and had to go back and undo such a stupid thing.

    I'm running OS X 10.4.11. on a G5 Powermac tower, a 2005 built machine.
     

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