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Screwed up my permissions, can't boot
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Mercator
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Nov 2, 2003, 01:11 AM
 
Hi all,

I could kick myself. I'm not one to fiddle with my system too much (OS X 10.2.8), but it appears I have done harm tonight. While trying to set up FTP access, I foolishly changed ownership on the hard drive (using get info, apply to all folders) and I also might have changed something on the Users folder permissions. Now it won't boot at all, but stops at the blue screen. It gives me no login choices. I am able to boot into OS9, so I tried deleting the com.apple.loginwindow.plist and com.apple.windowserver.plist files in the /Library/Preferences folder. Still no change when trying to reboot. I spent a little time in single user mode, but it wouldn't let me do the above functions because the volume was "read only"

I'm in over my head in this, but I really don't want to re-install Jaguar. Any help would be much appreciated.

Dave
     
dtriska
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Nov 2, 2003, 01:18 AM
 
Boot off the 10.2 install disc. If I remember correctly, there is an option in one of the installer's menus to repair disk permissions.
     
Mr. Blur
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Nov 2, 2003, 01:18 AM
 
try booting from your 10.2 cd, launching its disk utility and running the repair permissions utility......

(edit - basically what is said above....beat me to it!)
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Mercator  (op)
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Nov 2, 2003, 02:06 AM
 
that was easy. Thanks!

Dave

     
   
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