Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-14-2004, 08:21 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: norfolk, va
Distribution: Drake 8.0
Posts: 17

Rep: Reputation: 0
Unusual Group Error (I think)

I had everything running great but then I noticed that my FTP server (ProFTPD) was allowing
users to list every file on my server so I thought I'd lock down the server by modifying /etc/group- and adding an FTPUsers group and lock all those users to path /server/files.
I added a line saying FTPUsers:x:1010:user1:user2:user3 and then I used vipw to modify the /home paths of these users to /server/files. Once I made these changes my Telnet server booted my connection and I have been refused connection via telnet and FTP ever since. When I rebooted the system I get some strange errors (cannot find group - error in /etc/gdm/gdm.conf) and now I have to manually initiate Xwindows to get it to load. I can see the telnet and FTP servers are running but they're refusing all connections. I figured I could uninstall/re-install both these packages. Both these uninstalls worked fine but the re-installs error out with dpkg : sysntax error : unknown group 'postdrop' in statusoverride file E: sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned error code (2).

The only 2 files I modified were /etc/passwd (via vipw) and /etc/group- and I only made the tiny modifications listed above. Is Linux typically this fickle? Like a jackass I didn't make a backup of /etc/group- before I added that one line. Other than slicking and reloading yet again (which I really don't want to do!) what can I do here? I'm using Libranet, I wouldn't suppose there is some kind of recovery process that will restore the system state back to installation defaults (without reformatting and loosing my File Server data)? Both telnet, FTP, and samba (which still works fine) are the services that
I absolutly have to have up and running 24/7.

Old 11-14-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Portland, Oregon
Distribution: RedHat, Libranet
Posts: 438

Rep: Reputation: 30
You have a syntax error in your /etc/group entry that caught my eye. The group members need to be separated by commas instead of colons.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unusual install error question ?? (knopppix-hd) gnukish Debian 1 08-08-2005 07:38 PM
grub "drive geom error" (unusual) Jottt Linux - Software 1 07-10-2005 06:57 PM
Group Admin, Group Root, or God over Group crickett Linux - General 5 07-12-2004 05:01 PM
Fluxbox Install on Redhat, unusual error during config MegaGeoff Linux - Software 3 02-01-2004 11:01 AM
Error invalid group 'root' MasterC Linux From Scratch 2 06-05-2002 09:11 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:17 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration