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Re: [vox-tech] Not able to log into root.
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Re: [vox-tech] Not able to log into root.

nbs wrote:
> Rusty Minden wrote:
> > Dohh! Yes I do I flubbed when doing a search using vim sorry. Still can't use 
> > su to log into root.
> You'll probably need to boot into single user mode (err.. if you CAN
> with a botched /etc/passwd), or (more likely) use a rescue disk.
> BTW - use "vipw", not "vim"...  It will, as the man page says,
> "set the appropriate locks to prevent file corruption."  I seem to
> recall it also complaining and not saving/quitting if the file got
> botched up.  (eg, it syntax checks it before committing to disk)
> I could be wrong about that last part, unfortunately... :)
> In that case, I guess VIM is good enough.  Just be CAREFUL! ;)
> -bill!

vipw ensures that multiple admins working on the same
machine won't get crosswise with the password file. 
I make it a habit to use vi -R foo whenever possible,
saves your bacon from making unwanted changes, and it's
a nicer environment than those pager things, for instance
vi/vim/gvim have got row & column indicators, search histories,
syntax hiliting, and bookmarks. If they're configured
correctly. The one time I was forced^W^Wused Slackware
it turned out vi was sym-linked to ...drumroll... pelvis !
With all the tasty bits left out.

With trembling hands he unfurled the ancient cracked parchment, this was
the place, it had to be. Uncertainly he began to mumble the chant "rdbms,
sql , third normal formal form, java,  table, scalable". Something moved..

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