John Cruz wrote:
If you edit the passwd file manually you should always use vipw. Apart
from locking which prevents two people editing at the same time and
mucking things up, you also get consistency checking.
Lowell Gilbert wrote:
Something is wrong with the entry already in the password file.
Use vipw to (a) look at it, (b) fix it, and (c) rebuild the database.
Thanks, that did it! I tried manually editing /etc/passwd before and I
guess there's other ways that have to be done to change it.
from man vipw
The vipw utility performs a number of consistency checks on the
entries, and will not allow a password file with a ``mangled''
be installed. If vipw rejects the new password file, the user is
prompted to re-enter the edit session.
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