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Old 04-17-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Permission denied as root for /etc/passwd


1. Signed in as root in RHEL 5 at the prompt [root@localhost ~]# and when I input the command, "/etc/passwd" the output is, bash: /etc/passwd: permission denied.

2. Next I tried to view the permissions of the file with "ls -l /etc/passwd". the output is, "-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1980 Apr 17 15:16 /etc/passwd

It seems I have read and wite permissions for the file, and groups and users have read only.

What is you advice or suggestions?

Thanks in advance to all for your help.

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Old 04-17-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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/etc/passwd is a text file - you cannot execute it, hence the permission denied because it is not a script/program - you need to use a text edit tool like vi or nedit to edit the file

Example:

# vi /etc/passwd

Be careful editing the /etc/passwd file

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Old 04-17-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Are you trying to change a password?
In that case you want /usr/bin/passwd not /etc/passwd.
 
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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Also, if your intention is to simply view /etc/passwd, then use the less(1) pager.

Code:
$ less /etc/passwd
(Note that you don't need to be root to view it, BTW.)
 
Old 04-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #5
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In fact, you should really use useradd/usermod/userdel tools rather than edit it directly.
http://linux.die.net/man/8/useradd http://linux.die.net/man/8/usermod http://linux.die.net/man/8/userdel
 
Old 04-18-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your responses I'm still learning about he power and limits of root.
I was only trying to view /etc/passwd, and will use the command "less /etc/passwd".
Thanks again.

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #7
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cat /etc/passwd
 
  


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