_dhcp user problems

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Mon Nov 28 14:06:18 GMT 2005

"Anthony M. Agelastos" <iqgrande at gmail.com> writes:

> Hello all,
> During the upgrade to 6.0, I may have created the user _dhcp
> incorrectly. I was made aware of the problem when I noticed the
> message during boot:
> Setting hostname: ast.home.iq.
> rl0: link state changed to DOWN
> rl0: no link ....rl0: link state changed to UP
> got link
> no such user: _dhcp, falling back to nobody
> DHCPREQUEST on rl0 to port 67
> DHCPACK from
> bound to -- renewal in 129600 seconds.
> So, as root, I tried to create them and delete them. This is proving
> unsuccessful. See below.
> ast# pw userdel _dhcp
> pw: no such user `_dhcp'
> ast# pw useradd _dhcp -u 65 -c "dhcp programs" -d /var/empty -s /usr/
> sbin/nologin
> pw: user '_dhcp' already exists
> Are there any recommendations? I am running FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE. Some
> additional information is below. Thank you so much for your
> assistance. I checked the mailing list as well as Google and did not
> find a fix for this particular problem. I found someone mentioning
> that the database may need to be rebuilt (however I have no idea how
> to do this).
> ast# cat master.passwd | grep dhcp
> _dhcp:*:65:65::0:0:dhcp programs:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
> ast# cat passwd | grep dhcp
> _dhcp:*:65:65:dhcp programs:/var/empty:/usr/sbin/nologin
> ast# cat group | grep dhcp
> _dhcp:*:65:
> ast# uname -a
> FreeBSD ast.home.iq 6.0-STABLE FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE #0: Sat Nov  5
> 21:29:34 EST 2005     root at ast.home.iq:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/IQKERNEL
> i386


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