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Old 03-04-2001, 05:56 PM   #1
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I'm not sure what happened, but all of a sudden I was unable to add, modify, or delete users. I think it's related to the passwd issue brought up by on 1999-05-22. I am using Red Hat 6.1, and it has been stable for about 15 months without any problems like this.

I can't add users. I get a "useradd: unable to open password file". (same error with the adduser command)

The only clue I have is that whenever I try to change a password I get a "Critical error - Immediate abort". Upon looking in the /var/log/messages file, I see these lines:

Mar 4 14:23:51 rover PAM_pwdb[6375]: user (xxx/533) update failed; pwdb: internal failure - seek help

Please advise. I have looked in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow and the files look fine. I ran authconfig and was unable to affect any changes because I got the same "Unable to open password file" error.

It doesn't work using Webmin or Linuxconf either.

Thank you...

Old 03-05-2001, 06:54 PM   #2
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Install the source for passwd or useradd. Compile with debugging info on. Run gdb (gnu debugger) and step throught the code until you find the problem.


Old 03-07-2001, 02:01 AM   #3
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password issue solved...

all fixed! This is from our ISP...thanks for everybody's help on this one...

> I did a
> chattr -i /etc/passwd
> chattr -a /etc/passwd
> and it didn't make a difference

> then I I did chattr -ia on /etc/shadow as well and it worked!


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