broken/missing symbolic links

broken/missing symbolic links

Post by Chris Boyc » Wed, 09 Sep 1998 04:00:00



I'm sure millions of users have experienced the "broken/missing
symbolic links" problem.  The only time I've been burned was when
my /etc/passwd file broke its link, resulting in two versions of
the file on my system... one in /etc and one in
/opt/K/SCO/Unix/5.0.4Eb/etc/

Does anyone know how these links spontaneously break on an
otherwise perfectly healthy system?   Life seems to go on just
fine with or without the link in place, so should I care, or repair?

Chris
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1. Broken/missing symbolic links

I get this message occassionally on SCO OS5 sites. What happens that
causes these links to break? Occassionally I get /etc/passwd/,
/etc/group and /etc/shadow as well.

Thanks!

                Verify Report - Broken/missing symbolic links

Date    : Sun Jun 09 04:01:17 EDT 1996
User    : root
Machine : aristophanes.com

Files With Discrepancies: 5
Total Discrepancies     : 5

Software selected for verification:

   All software on system

The following expected symbolic links are broken or missing:

   /usr/tmp/ftpd->
     /var/opt/K/SCO/tcp/2.0.0Cl/usr/tmp/ftpd

   ./usr/lib/ppp/pppauth->
     /var/opt/K/SCO/tcp/2.0.0Cl/usr/lib/ppp/pppauth

   ./usr/lib/ppp/ppphosts->
     /var/opt/K/SCO/tcp/2.0.0Cl/usr/lib/ppp/ppphosts

   ./usr/lib/ppp/ppppool->
     /var/opt/K/SCO/tcp/2.0.0Cl/usr/lib/ppp/ppppool

   ./usr/lib/ppp/pppfilter->
     /var/opt/K/SCO/tcp/2.0.0Cl/usr/lib/ppp/pppfilter

These links can be repaired using the custom(ADM) verification
manager, or by hand.

Discrepancies Checked For:

   Broken/missing symbolic links

                                 End Report

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