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Old 10-20-2003, 01:50 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
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RH9 useradd probelms

hi all!
so i got an rh9 box running and i wanna add a user via the useradd command. Normally I use the fansy dansy gui "redhat-config-users" but I'm ssh'ing in, so no gui for me.(stupid macintosh ssh client ;P)
so i type in
useradd -p password user
Then i try to login thru my imap client, or ssh, or just loging in on the actual box. It always comes up with invalid username or password. So I checked the /etc/passwd file and there is an entry that states
Now when I'm on the machine using the redhat-config-users command, it'll add a user and work a-ok, but not the command line. What the hell am I doing wrong?
Old 10-20-2003, 02:04 PM   #2
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What happens if you don't specify the password via the useradd command, and instead specify it after with:

passwd username

Will it allow you to ssh in correctly then?
Old 10-20-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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dude! your trick werked, i dont know why i didnt think of that. if you're ever in the vancouver area, drop me a line, i owe you a beer
Old 10-20-2003, 07:14 PM   #4
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Well obviously the -p password option will not work as that is supposed to be a 128 bit encrypted password string which u cannot specify manually.

However you can manually ceate a user and set the password in a single command...

useradd <username>; echo <password>| passwd <username> --stdin

alternatively, you can first create a new user and later on set the user password as suggested by snerfu.




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