8.7.2 rm /etc/passwd
Loss of some important files such as
/etc/passwd through your
stupidity is tough. The Debian system makes regular backups of them in
/var/backups/. When you restore these files, you may manually
have to set the proper permissions.
# cp /var/backups/passwd /etc/passwd
# chmod 644 /etc/passwd
selection data, Section 6.3.4.