"/etc/master.passwd: corrupted entry" error message

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Wed Apr 23 11:49:49 PDT 2003

abdul wrote:
> Hi all
> I use FreeBSD 2.2.8-RELEASE
> I sometimes get the following error when I issue "passwd user" command as
> root:
> "passwd: /etc/master.passwd: corrupted entry
> passwd: /etc/master.passwd: unchanged"
> Can someone pls explain why I sometimes get this error message and the way
> aroung it?

Because your master.passwd file is corrupt?
I wouldn't suggest you simply post it to the newsgroups (unless you carefully
remove all the encrypted passwords first) but it's rather difficult to see
what's corrupt in your master.passwd file without _seeing_ the file.
Have reviewed the file to see if anything looks out of sorts?  You could
use vipw(8) or simply open it in your favorite editor.

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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