[nSLUG] Using chroot to modify mounted "guest" OSes (Was: lost user access in most distros)

Rich budman85 at eastlink.ca
Wed Sep 20 12:08:53 ADT 2006

On Wed, 2006-09-20 at 08:35 -0300, Ben Armstrong wrote:
> rejean chamberland wrote:
> > In most distros the user is now 501 and the group is sometimes 500 or root. To be more specific I would have to go back in each distro.
> When ls reports the number of a user or group instead of its name, it is
> because that user doesn't exist on the system's own /etc/passwd or
> /etc/group.  Each system has its own copy of these files and the uid &
> gid in each for "rejean" don't necessarily match.
> >  
> > No one else touches my Linux box physically but someone suggested a rootkill. ( or rootkit). All I know as I said partly at the beginning is that I copied a file from PCLinuxOS to the other distros using "mount /dev/<whatever> /mnt/<whatever> and sometimes I had to do a "chown -R rejean /mnt<whatever>/home/rejean/".
> >
> >   
> Well, that's your problem. 

no kidding!  :)

I liked your explanation of chroot. 



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