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Old 03-01-2004, 12:58 AM   #1
khamdy
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sudo :adduser: unable to lock password file


Hey,
I know this has been asked a million times, but it hasn't provided a resolution for me. I'm new, and ignorant with terminology, but I'm eager to learn.

THE POINT
I wanna be able to allow people to create a webspace on my server. FTP/Web Account, and email. I'm using a php form, posting to a cgi script.

...

system ("/usr/bin/sudo -u bob /usr/sbin/adduser $userid -c '$f_name $l_name' -p $password");


I have "bob" in the sudoers file as "bob ALL=(ALL) ALL"

I keep getting adduser: unable to lock password file. Can someone please tell me what that is and why I'm getting it and how to resolve it. I deleted the .lock files too. I'm going nuts.

Thanks
Kareem
 
Old 03-01-2004, 03:24 AM   #2
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My guess (and it's more a guess here than anything else) is that bob needs to be authenticated before changing the file. (I don't see how you are typing in a password here) And because that authentication uses the password file, you cannot lock it to then change it.

That's my guess at least.

-G
 
Old 03-01-2004, 09:50 AM   #3
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ok so how would I go about doing that? https?

Thanks
Kareem
 
Old 03-01-2004, 02:22 PM   #4
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Try setting NOPASSWD: ALL
or NOPASSWD: adduser

That should work. Also: You really need to change the ALL=ALL to something a little more secure. Protect the root. Always remember that.

-G
 
Old 03-19-2004, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thumbs up Solution to problem

I've just encountered this same problem after upgrading a RH 7.2 box to FC1

The problem was the password lock files (obviously) but also quite literally.

I did the following:
Code:
mv /etc/passwd.lock /etc/passwd.lock.bak
and then repeated it for:
group.lock
gshadow.lock
shadow.lock

after doing this, i could add and remove users again.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:38 AM   #6
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Still no luck...


# sudoers file.
#
# This file MUST be edited with the 'visudo' command as root.
#
# See the sudoers man page for the details on how to write a sudoers file.
#

# Host alias specification

# User alias specification

# Cmnd alias specification

# Defaults specification

# User privilege specification
root ALL = (ALL) ALL
apache ALL = (ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/adduser


i tried adduser and /usr/sbin/adduser

either way it says the same.. "adduser: unable to lo
ck password file"


I searched and deleted any .lock files. I don't have any..

system ("/usr/bin/sudo -u apache /usr/sbin/adduser $userid -p $password");


i've been taking out flags to minimize errors.. no luck..

any ideas?


Kareem
 
Old 03-28-2004, 12:53 AM   #7
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Hey I got it to work..

yay

now if i can only get sendmail working correctly.. lol

thanks
kareem
 
Old 05-19-2004, 04:50 PM   #8
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hey,
id like to know how you did it...
im having the same problem you had!
thank you in advance...
by the way, im using rh9...

Last edited by hardcode; 05-19-2004 at 04:57 PM.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 12:22 AM   #9
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Hi khamdy

Could you be so kind and tell us what was involved in resolving this issue.

regards

Lawton
 
Old 10-13-2010, 05:26 AM   #10
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lock file

I had same problem, the problem is with lock files
check for /etc/.*lock
 
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