John Cruz wrote:

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.

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.

from man vipw

The vipw utility performs a number of consistency checks on the password entries, and will not allow a password file with a ``mangled'' entry to
     be installed.  If vipw rejects the new password file, the user is
     prompted to re-enter the edit session.


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