FreeBSD 5.x with > 70k users?

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Mon Jun 6 17:24:53 GMT 2005

Did you set the PW_SCAN_BIG_IDS as documented in the man page for


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>From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Ben Hockenhull
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>Subject: FreeBSD 5.x with > 70k users?
>Hi there,
>I'm attempting to migrate an old BSDI system to FreeBSD.  The system in
>question has about 71k users, with UIDs from about 2000 up to
>about 70000.
>When I import the master.passwd file (formats are the same) to the new
>system and try to rebuild the .db files, it fails with a pwd_mkdb: put:
>Unknown error: 0 .
>As best I can tell, if I import a small subset of the users (about 5k),
>things work fine.  From what I understand, FreeBSD can have
>massive UIDs,
>with the caveat that some applications may not like UIDs > 65535.
>I did some research and found someone reporting an identical
>problem, but
>didn't see that he'd found a solution.  Any input, pointers, solutions
>greatly appreciated.
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