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I have accidentally deleted /etc. Does anybody knows how to recover from such a situation ? At least I can use ssh while the server is in rescue mode (dedicated server from ovh.com). I could already mount / and /home. Now I need to recover /etc content and reinstall correctly all my stuff. I am using virtual-box for this ad I'll try to copy /etc from the virtual box to the server. May be I will need to make a clean install from scratch ?

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Restore from backups? –  andol Apr 3 '13 at 10:13
    
I don't have backup of /etc –  yves Apr 3 '13 at 10:26
    
"Now I need to recover /etc content" - that's just plain data recovery. There's no undelete, unless you did this in a desktop environment with a file manager with support for a "trash" to recover from. –  gertvdijk Apr 3 '13 at 12:19
    
Unfortunately it is headless, so only via ssh... –  yves Apr 3 '13 at 15:25

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In leiu of restoring from backup, the easiest way is going to be to just back up /home and reinstall. Next time you can just job the entire VirtualBox file to back it up.

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yes that's what I currently doing finally. –  yves Apr 3 '13 at 13:31
    
Actually without a backup of /etc, the only way I found is, before a complete re-install, to try to backup as much as possible data. –  yves Apr 3 '13 at 15:27
    
Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions ! Have a nice day. –  yves Apr 3 '13 at 15:28

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