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DESASTER.need 2 access remote mac.creative solutions?

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Hi folks,

I am in a big, big touble. I am running 2 websites remotely on an old Powerbook at a friend's house overseas. For maintainance I usually us Apple Remote Desktop. Yesterday I messed around with the httpd.conf file and now I have no more websites running and, maybe worse, I cannot access via Remote Access to fix the problem. I don't want to get into the details but a great deal for my wellfare depends on me getting the websites to work again. I still can access my files via "connect to server" command. (I am running Tiger on both machines). I can see the bad httpd.conf file and the good backup I made but "I don't have enough permissions" to delete the file and to rename the duplicate to httpd.conf and even if I could, I don't know how to restart the mac. Any tips are most appreciated. Can I somehow build an Applescript and run it on the remote machine? Can I put an Applescript on the remote computer that opens itself and runs? Is there any way to delete a file without enough privileges? Of course I have the password. Is there a way to log in via root from "connect to server"? I am in deep trouble. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks . Karot

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You can't restart your mac with just FTP or AFP, you usually need ARD or remote login. If you succeed in logging in via the terminal, try typing <code>man shutdown</code> for instructions.

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could you please tell me how to log in via terminal? I don't understand what you are writing. Thank you.

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Is Apple Remote Desktop not working? If it is, you could just go to the apple menu and choose restart. What OS is your PowerBook server running? I'm not familiar with OS 9. What services have you enabled on your PowerBook in System Preferences > Sharing?

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Sorry to the original poster if I'm wrong but my warning bells are buzzing...it looks like he is asking for ways to bypass security on a remote mac. Please be careful with assistance you provide.

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"bypass security?" And what do you knucklehead think I would gain by criminally restarting a remote Mac? Thanks alot!

 

Sorry to the original poster if I'm wrong but my warning bells are buzzing...it looks like he is asking for ways to bypass security on a remote mac. Please be careful with assistance you provide.

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I'm not sure if you've tried to log in via SSH (remote login). If you don't have SSH server running on your machine, you'll find it very difficult to do the things that you want to do, and I would recommend that you activate it as soon as you regain control of your machines. If you have SSH, open Terminal and type "ssh username@your_machine_ip_address"

 

You will be prompted for your password, and then you will be given access to your machine. Then navigate to your http.conf file using the cd command. You can then replace the jankey conf file with your backup, and use "sudo shutdown -r now" to reboot.

 

Bobs your uncle, and remember SSH is the most important service for any remote machine, especially if you are using a GUI system like VNC or ARD.

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