Unix Gurus: I need your help!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by billiam0878, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. billiam0878 macrumors 6502

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    Winter Park, FL
    #1
    My computer won't boot. I've run System works and tried to repair the drive, but now all I get on boot is a UNIX screen that means absolutely nothing to me:

    /etc/master.passwd: Not a directory
    /etc/master.passwd: Not a directory
    -sh: /etc/profile: Not a directory
    -sh-205b#

    After the b# there's a blinking square where I can enter commands. PLease help me get back into my machine! Thanks so much,

    Bill
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

    MisterMe

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    Re: Unix Gurus: I need your help!!!

    It sounds like your permissions were severely damaged. Boot from your MacOS X CD and repair your permissions.
     
  3. cubist macrumors 68020

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    Muncie, Indiana
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    On Mac OS X, for reasons known only to Apple, /etc is actually a link to /private/etc. It probably is a permissions issue, but at the # prompt you might be able to do some ls and chmod commands...

    Never mind. Do as MisterMe suggests. Boot the CD, open Disk Tools and run Disk Utility, select the hard drive (volume), and reset permissions.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    Re: Unix Gurus: I need your help!!!

    bad choice. thou shalt run NO NORTON UTILITIES on thine mac.

    buy diskwarrior and use it to repair your drive. if that doesn't work, reinstall osx.
     
  5. tomf87 macrumors 65816

    tomf87

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    #5
    Run:

    mount -uw /
    fsck -y

    This will repair filesystem errors for you and hopefully get it back up. After that, run Disk Utility and repair permissions.
     

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