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Old 01-15-2009, 12:04 AM   #1
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adduser adds a user but I can't login afterwards

Hi Guys,

This is really frustrating me ... I have read the tutorials and other forum posts, and the man page for adduser, and understand most of it (I hope) but when I create a new user using:

# useradd -gusers -s/bin/bash -pPassword1 -d/home/username -m username

I can't seem to login to that user afterwards. Once logged in as root I can '# su username' (and it doesn't ask me for a password), but when I try to login from the beginning with 'login as: username' it doesn't accept the password.

I am using Fedora 9, any help would much appreciated.

Old 01-15-2009, 01:16 AM   #2
Wim Sturkenboom
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Not sure, but my man page (Slackware 10.1) states:
-d home_dir
-g initial_group
-p password
which in my opinion implies that there should be spaces between the option and the value.

The examples on also uses the spaces.
Old 01-15-2009, 01:20 AM   #3
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i am assuming you are using gnome ??
why not use the gui
System / Administration / Users and Groups
click on the "Add User" button
and fill in the form
Old 01-15-2009, 01:25 AM   #4
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-p <password> has some issue..I guess.
try using passwd <> to issue new password rather than insecure -p option

I tried :
passwd command and it went well

Last edited by your_shadow03; 01-15-2009 at 01:36 AM.
Old 01-16-2009, 08:50 AM   #5
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Thanks to everyone for their help!

I think Wim had the right idea - I think I needed to use spaces after each switch. Don't know why I didn't think of that?! I also skipped the password switch because it had to be encrypted first and then just set it afterwards. This particular box is constantly in run level 3, it's hosted on a virtual machine and I have no access, thus I added the user through the command line. Personally, even if I could use the GUI, I'd still use the terminal.

Thanks again guys!


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