Upgrading 5.2.1 to 5.3R2 (Maybe a problem adding a user)

Gerard Samuel fbsd-questions at trini0.org
Tue Nov 2 19:30:15 PST 2004

Gerard Samuel wrote:

> Ok, so I upgraded, ran mergemaster, and merged /etc/group (and 
> /etc/master.passwd I think) via mergemaster.
> I merged those files to retain my non root user account.
> I rebooted, and I haven't been able to log into my non root account.
> I tried to readd the account via adduser, but it says that the user 
> already exists.
> So I tried rmuser, and it says that the user doesn't exist.
> So I manually removed the account name from /etc/group, 
> /etc/master.passwd, /etc/passwd,
> and tried to add the user, via adduser.
> When it tries to add the user, it fails (dont remember the message 
> right now).

I tried adding another account on the box, and the Im getting the same 
This time I got the error message from adduser

OK? (yes/no): yes
pw: user 'test' disappeared during update
adduser: ERROR: There was an error adding user (test).
Add another user? (yes/no): no

> Anyone has any suggestions on how I can get the old user account back??
> N.B. I did back up /etc before mergemaster...
> Thanks

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