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Old 01-16-2004, 06:16 AM   #16
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the solution for 9.2


Hey all
Ok, here is the solution for the 9.2!!
add the user without the dot , then edit the /etc/passwd line of each user and save, exit....
then, run pwconv to update etc/shadow and run grpconv to update etc/group.
If you have a look into the home dir, you'll see the users still ave no dot, but if you log onto the box or log in through mail or whatever, you will need to use the name WITH the dot. So setting up mail accounts is a bit of a mission if you have multiple users with dots (as i do) but at least it works!
Cheers

 
Old 08-10-2004, 06:53 PM   #17
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Unhappy same here :(

Quote:
Originally posted by GrimaceCX
Thanks Dalek
Tried it (luseradd "jon.doe") but still get the same error (Error creating group `jon.doe'.)
This is insane - considering going back to 9.1!!!
Cheers..
I get the same things.. so I also tried luseradd and got the (Error creating group) so I went back and added the '-g <groupname>' option and it gave me this:

./luseradd -d /home/don -c 'Don Jones' -g users -p 'something' don.jones
Account creation failed: name contains invalid char `.'.

I can change the passwd file and the shadow file and it allows it. I still see problems getting email tho and trying to figure that out.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 08:16 PM   #18
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Re: the solution for 9.2

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Originally posted by GrimaceCX
Hey all
Ok, here is the solution for the 9.2!!
add the user without the dot , then edit the /etc/passwd line of each user and save, exit....
then, run pwconv to update etc/shadow and run grpconv to update etc/group.
If you have a look into the home dir, you'll see the users still ave no dot, but if you log onto the box or log in through mail or whatever, you will need to use the name WITH the dot. So setting up mail accounts is a bit of a mission if you have multiple users with dots (as i do) but at least it works!
Cheers

Yap this solution is good and works well (at least under RedHat 9x) but after running the pwconv and grpconv I still had to rechange my passwords for all the of user1st.username2nd accounts before they could log in and get their email. Easy solution, but if you don't watch it and this happens to you, you might wind up locking yourself out of your own server. Be sure to have another account with single name handy just in case.

-Cor
 
Old 08-10-2004, 08:48 PM   #19
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Hi Cori,

and welcome to LQ!

One thing I don't understand is why you posted
to this thread twice since it already had your solution
as well :}


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 08-12-2004, 01:20 PM   #20
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U can try using useradd john\.doe
 
Old 08-29-2004, 08:31 AM   #21
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I migrateted a RH7,3 to debian when I had this problem with not anymore allow dot in usernames. I solved it quite esailt though. I added the user without the dot and added an alias with the dot in sendmail aliases file. Works great.
 
  


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