[nycbug-talk] Unix Admin horror stories
henry95 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 14:12:43 EDT 2011
The entries are pretty old, but it's still an entertaining read.
From: tzs at stein.u.washington.edu (Tim Smith)
Organization: University of Washington, Seattle
I was working on a line printer spooler, which lived in /etc. I wanted
to remove it, and so issued the command "rm /etc/lpspl." There was only
one problem. Out of habit, I typed "passwd" after "/etc/" and removed
the password file. Oops.
I called up the person who handled backups, and he restored the password
A couple of days later, I did it again! This time, after he restored it,
he made a link, /etc/safe_from_tim.
About a week later, I overwrote /etc/passwd, rather than removing it.
After he restored it again, he installed a daemon that kept a copy of
/etc/passwd, on another file system, and automatically restored it if
it appeared to have been damaged.
Fortunately, I finished my work on /etc/lpspl around this time, so we
didn't have to see if I could find a way to wipe out a couple of
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