can't login as anyone - not even as root!
bugsgrief at bugsgrief.net
Fri Aug 29 00:43:43 PDT 2003
On Thu, 28 Aug 2003 21:40:20 -0700 (PDT)
Dave Banning <sky_tracker at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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
> 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.
I think the /etc/pwd.db line should contain at least two errors.
If they aren't transcription errors one of them can be disastrous.
1) is there wheeel group, really ?
2) pwd.db is, as the name suggests, a file. The line should start with '-'.
If it is a directory, it would have at least one permission 'x'.
Mine is like this:
%ls -l /etc/pwd.db
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 40960 Jun 24 15:11 /etc/pwd.db
If pwd.db is indeed like that try remove it and do pwd_mkdb.
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