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    "/etc/master.passwd: No such file of directory" - Please help me!

    I have the original style iMac (Graphite Firewire version) and whenever I go to boot it up, it gives me this message. What can I do to fix this? My younger brother managed to screw this mac up and I can't even boot it up anymore.

    Where do I go from here? Thanks!

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    Seems like you're missing at least one crucial system file. Try to boot in single user mode by holding down command and s until you reach a command prompt. Type
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    - does that work?
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    Nope, start it up in single user mode, type "cd /etc" and all it does is bring down a line of text that says "sh-2.05a#"

    ...if I type "cd/etc" (no space between the "cd" and "/etc") it says: "sh: cd/etc: No such file or directory".

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    bobw - I just got done doing this. I'm at the final step:

    "Look for these two items in the output:

    lrwxrwxr-t 1 root admin {date} etc -> private/etc
    lrwxrwxr-t 1 root admin {date} var -> private/var"

    When I did the previous step, it listed "/etc/master.passwd: No such file of directory" a whole bunch of times and then below it, I can see a file that says "private/var"

    The "private/etc" is no where to be found.

    Apple says to repeat the steps until these files are there...but I have no idea what they mean by this.

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    Come on guys... I'm missing the "private/etc" ...how do I restore this? Apple does not tell me how to.

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    You're probably just going to have to reinstall if the entire /etc directory got blown away. There's quite a lot of system configuration and whatnot that's stored in that directory.
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    Yep, a reinstall is what you'll have to do. The stuff that starts the boot process is located there, as well as system configuration stuff.
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