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Old 07-23-2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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Login Expired Problem


I have tried to add a normal user with the command useradd -m foo. I set the passwd for the user and then tried to login with foo. The problem is that it keeps telling me "Your login has expired. Contact the system administrator."
Now here is my /etc/defaults/useradd file :


As you can see EXPIRE is not set to anything so I shouldn't have any kind of expiration on the user name. Any suggestions?

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Old 07-24-2005, 03:34 AM   #2
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What happens if You use " useradd -me 2007-08-25 " ?

Does " useradd -D " tells You the same things as listed in /etc/defaults/useradd ? I ask this because the man-page is telling that this file is located in the /etc/default and not /etc/defaults directory.
Old 07-24-2005, 12:07 PM   #3
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im sorry, I must have typed defaults. my useradd file is in /etc/default/useradd, that was a typo.

Edit: I must add that I used nALFS from LFS Live CD 6.0-1 to compile LFS and then used BLFS profile 6.0 to setup "#3 After LFS Configuration Issues". After that I added group "users" and then added a user and set their password. Once I try to login is when I get this error - "Your login has expired. Contact the system administrator."

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Old 09-04-2005, 02:25 AM   #4
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I had the same problem I've found a solution. Do this
useradd -me yyyy-mm-dd foo
as apposed to what the book said. You may have to do userdel foo first if the user exists.

Note: Also when typing the date use the hypens '-' ex: useradd -me 2005-09-04 foo


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