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I stupidly did sudo strip * in /usr/bin. Now my computer can't boot (X fails to load).

What should I do?

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X not loading and failing to boot are very different, can you Ctrl+Alt+F2 to TTY? – Slowki Feb 26 '14 at 1:55
nope. I wound up reinstalling the box (/home is on separate partition, so lost no data). – Demetri Feb 26 '14 at 2:15
This question should be closed because the OP has solved the issue by reinstalling (probably the only solution anyway) and so the question is unlikely to help future visitors. – terdon Feb 26 '14 at 2:51
Others may want to know that reinstalling is the only answer. – Demetri Feb 26 '14 at 3:48
What's wrong with stripped binaries? Why it does not work? – andrej Mar 13 '14 at 12:42
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The best way for you to recover would be to reinstall. Although you could copy the rest of your data (excluding /usr/bin/) by booting onto a rescue disk like System Rescue CD, and mounting your drive to copy the data.

Good Luck!

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Did just that. Reinstalling programs now. – Demetri Feb 26 '14 at 3:47

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