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Old 02-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #1
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Debian - /etc/passwd, vim, vipw

I know that the vipw command, as man pages say, "edits the password file after setting the appropriate locks".

I tried opening two terminals and issuing "vipw" on both. The first time I got in the passwd file as expected, the second time I got an error message, as expected.

I then issued "vipw" in one terminal and "vim /etc/passwd" in the other. The first time I got in the passwd file as expected, the second time I... also entered the passwd file and was able to edit and also to save it!

Am I missing something or those locks are not so "appropriate"?
Old 02-07-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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Not sure but i think the Default editor is allowed to edit the file by bypassing the locks but i may be wrong

and i think in your case vi is the default editor

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