RE: undo rm deleteing /etc very urgent
From: issa rabba' (irabba_at_p-ol.com)
To: "'For users of Fedora Core releases'" <email@example.com> Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 11:48:08 +0200
Thanks all for helping me, finally I successed to backup my system and
applications, I got the HD and connect it as slave HD and mount it then I
got all what I need, really thanks for the help.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of d l
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 10:43 AM
To: For users of Fedora Core releases
Subject: Re: undo rm deleteing /etc very urgent
To prevent overwriting those "free" sectors where /etc
used to be, quickly dismount the parition containing /etc.
Shutdown the machine if dismount is not possible.
You can now either use dd to save the partition image for
further investigation/data recovery. Or you can just plug
that HDD to another machine, mount it as readonly and
recover data there.
--- Jeremy Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> $B$+$i$N%a%C%;!<%8!'(B
> issa rabba' wrote:
> >Dear all:
> >Please I need help, by mistake I delete /etc
> directory and I don't how can I
> >undo deleting /etc, I still has connection to the
> server, please if any one
> >can help me....
> >Note: I don't have backup 4 /etc direcoty
> I'll go ahead and respond to your post with my very
> generic and
> unhelpful response, since you're probably on a time
> constraint and no
> one else seems to be answering (probably most are
> My understanding is that when you delete files on
> most Linux
> filesystems, they aren't actually deleted, just
> unlinked. It's possible
> to restore some or all of these files by restoring
> only the links (a
> semi-trivial process, maybe). But once you start
> writing data back to
> the drive, there's probably little or no guarantee
> that you won't
> overwrite some or all of the space that /etc
> occupied. So my first
> suggestion would be to try to find an undelete
> utility for whatever
> filesystem /etc was stored on. After a quick google
> I found this one
> for ext2:
> I make no claims as to whether or not this utility
> will work. I've
> never used it before.
> If you use reiserfs or some other filesystem, you'd
> need to google and
> find a different utility (assuming one exists for
> your FS of choice).
> My other suggestion is to do what I did in the sole
> situation where I
> clobbered the /etc directory of a major production
> machine (by
> accidentally running "etc-update" on a Gentoo box I
> was supposed to help
> administer). And that is to grab the FC install
> CDs, and install and
> configure as quickly as possible as you can on an
> alternative machine.
> Most processes only read configuration files in /etc
> on startup, so your
> machine with trashed /etc might even be able to stay
> alive while you get
> another one together. It's not a pretty solution,
> but it'll hopefully
> minimize the damage done.
> Hope this helps.
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