By mistake execute the rm command in /

Posted January 11, 2020 3k views
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When I mistakenly execute the command rm in / I delete some things and now I cannot enter the console, I get an error (error file ’/boot/grub/i386-pc/boot.mod’ not found) try to fix it with tutorials but none worked and I wanted to know if they know any way to fix it since I need to log in to take a backup of my database since I can’t access it remotely

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Hi @zamorabryan,

It seems like you’ve deleted a really crucial part of the files. Unfortunately, the best and only way would be a backup restore. If you don’t actually have one, I’ll recommend just recreating your droplet.

I know it sounds like a drag however doing an rm on / is pretty much irreversible.


Hey @zamorabryan

@KDSys is right in saying the RM command is a game over moment.

I would restore from your latest backup, if it exists.

If not maybe there is a slim chance you could look at the recovery console to see if any files you wanted where left. However I would not place much hope in that.

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