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On my debian maschine I deleted /bin/bash by accident. Is there a way to get it back without reinstalltin the machine?

If it helps. I'm still logged in. Guess once I'm out I cannot log in since it's my login shell.

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First, I'd change my login shell for anything else in /etc/shells. This would be my first move (don't use /sbin/nologin ;-)). Then I'd fix it. –  CloudWeavers Nov 23 '12 at 13:03

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ln -s /bin/sh /bin/bash
apt-get install --reinstall bash
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Great! You made my day! –  BetaRide Nov 23 '12 at 13:06
Do you have to destroy the link, or will it just get overwritten? –  chovy Nov 25 '12 at 21:15
It will get overwritten. –  FINESEC Nov 25 '12 at 23:57

if you're still logged in, then issue the following command:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall bash
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This will not work, see my answer. –  FINESEC Nov 23 '12 at 13:02
you are right. unless a person changed the /bin/sh link from dash to bash, as some do, in which case both our solutions will hiccup. –  Waleed Hamra Nov 23 '12 at 13:21

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