can't login as anyone - not even as root!
jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Fri Aug 29 06:56:03 PDT 2003
> Thanks, Sunil for the steps, but I have tried that already.
> When I get to the # prompt in single user mode, I cannot use
> the passwd command. I get the error;;
> passwd: error opening database: /etc/pwd.db: Permission denied
> passwd: /etc/master.passwd: unchanged
Sort of sounds like you didn't remount root.
When you come up in single user, root is mounted without write permission.
You need to remount it. mount -u / will do it although
supposedly doing a mount -a will effectively include that step as well.
Still, we always do the extra step, maybe for old times.
> and permissions are as follows;
> # ls -tld /etc
> drwxr-xr-x 17 root wheel 2560 Aug 28 09:16 /etc
> # ls -tld /etc/pwd.db
> drw---r-- 1 root wheeel 40960 Aug 28 09:12 /etc/pwd.db
> I -can- execute vipw and change passwords. It updates all the files
> master.passwd, spwd.db, passwd, and pwd.db without error.
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