Help - system hosed - Thank you

Richard Pyne rpyne at
Fri Mar 21 13:59:10 GMT 2003

Well, now that I can breath, I'll report on my findings and success.

As it turned out, it was an update to glibc that died, leaving glibc 
as it was, but had already updated libnss*,, and

Restoring these from the CD (1.3) fixed it to the point that I can 
boot and run again. There is still something hosed that is causing 
shorewall to hang, but at least I'm back online.

Thanks to all who sent their suggestions, they were extrememly 


On Friday 21 March 2003 10:15 am, Timo Kosig wrote:
> On Friday 21 March 2003 17:44, Richard Pyne wrote:
> > I had a lunar update crash and not I get this message from almost
> > everything I try (including trying to log in as root at the
> > console after a reboot to single user mode).
> >
> > /lib/ symbol _nss_files_parse_pwent, version
> > GLIBC_2.0 not defined in the file with link time
> > reference
> >
> > Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If no one has any
> > idea how to do a quick recovery, please tell me how I can do a
> > re-install from CDROM without hosing everything.
> Well i ran into that problem some weeks ago too.
> Try to boot from the installation cd, mount you root partition and
> see if there is a copy of the compiled glibc under
> /var/cache/lunar. Then you should be able to un-tar the file to
> your root directory and have a working glibc again (also check all
> symlinks to the glibc libs, they are not in the tar archive and you
> have to create them manually if they're not there).
> Anyway, this did not work for me either. So i grabbed the
> installation cd and copied over all directories except /home and
> /etc (before that i deleted the directories that were to be
> replaced recursivly by hand). After that i had a running system
> again but i had to re-install all modules...
> So, see if the first hints works for you - in every case the better
> solution if you keep copys of the compiled modules in
> /var/cache/lunar and if only your glibc is messed up.
> HTH,
> Timo

Richard B. Pyne
rpyne at

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