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Old 11-24-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Login issue when creating a new user

Hi, I"m trying to create a new user with the following useradd command,
useradd -c "Henry Shelton" -m -p "password" -s "/bin/bash" hshelton

Once created, when I try to login as a new user I can"t login in. The error message says login failed. I checked the shadow file and see that the password for the new user is not encrypted. Once I change the password and then try to login as a new user, it works. Can anyone help me in this? I am using OpenSuse11.4


Old 11-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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See this page As mentioned, if you use that technique, you have to supply a passwd already in encrypted form(!).
Normally you'd create the user without specifying the password, then just use the passwd cmd as root
passwd <newuser>
and supply the plaintext passwd twice at the prompts
As it says, another option is to use --stcin like this
echo plaintext_passwd | passwd --stdin username

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Remove setting password from useradd command. Try setting the password for the user as told by Chrism01.
Old 11-24-2011, 11:25 PM   #4
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Yes that's is what I'm using as a workaround. But my concern was if there is any bug that the password is not encrypted while executing the useradd command or is it the standard procedure of creating the user, with useradd command without adding password. We have 120 users to create here and I wanted to setup a script. Anyway thanks for the help.


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