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Old 28th April 2009
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Default [SOLVED] root: unknown user

1st the moral to this story is do not upgrade your system at 5am before your 4th cup of coffee

Anyway, that is what I did. Well I hosed the mergemaster of the group file somehow and what that did was to remove root and toor from my group file.

At first I thought the password were just blanked out until I tried

passwd root
and got the lovely error of:

root: unknown user
So my question is what is the best way to go about fixing root?

I can just adduser root or can I?
My other option seems to be to boot in single user and copy or merge the group file from /var/temproot.

OR are there other options than those two options that I've missed?

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words." -Philip K. Dick

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