password failure- after mergmaster

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Jul 9 20:29:45 UTC 2007

On Jul 9, 2007, at 1:25 PM, Peter Boosten wrote:
>> You let mergemaster clobber the password file.
>> So in single user, "mount -a", then use vipw to recreate your  
>> accounts
>> in the password database. On exit from vipw use passwd to set the
>> passwords.
> Having read this I must admit that it's a complete mystery to me why
> mergemaster would touch your password file at all...

Because sometimes new versions of the OS come with new built-in user  
accounts, which need to be added to the existing passwd or groups  
databases somehow?


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