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  1. #1

    can't add new users :(

    Hi,

    Does anyone know what would cause this to happen? Everytime i try to add a user to the system through the adduser command?

    boxen:/home# adduser dasani
    adduser: unable to lock password file
    boxen:/home#

    boxen:/home# useradd dasani
    useradd: unable to lock password file
    boxen:/home#

    boxen:/home# ls -al -h --color /etc/pass*
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 20k Sep 30 15:38 /etc/passwd
    -rw------- 1 root root 20k Sep 30 00:17 /etc/passwd-
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 865 Apr 12 2002 /etc/passwd.OLD
    boxen:/home# ls -al -h --color /etc/shad*
    -r-------- 1 root root 17k Sep 30 15:38 /etc/shadow
    -rw------- 1 root root 16k Sep 30 00:17 /etc/shadow-
    boxen:/home# ls -al -h --color /etc/group*
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4.6k Sep 30 15:38 /etc/group
    -rw------- 1 root root 4.6k Sep 24 00:34 /etc/group-
    boxen:/home#

    Does anyone have any ideas? i need to be able to add some new users pretty soon.

  2. #2
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  3. #3
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    *sigh* he is root hence the #

    its a lock file /etc/.pwd.lck

    Never vi the passwd or shadow file

  4. #4
    yep, thanks a lot.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
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    Use "vipw" to edit by hand...

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
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    35
    Eh? Use pico.. it's a program a lot like Windows Notepad... without the screwy interface..... AND the resource-killing tendencies (Massive CPU drain.) from when the process hangs.

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