HELP! Is that possible "creating a user named root but acturallynot the administrator root"

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Sat Feb 13 18:10:34 UTC 2010

On 13/02/2010 17:49, Bob Johnson wrote:

> It is possible (I don't remember) that the "toor" account does not
> have a shell in the default passwd file. If that's the problem, use
> vipw to add the path to a shell as the last field on the line.  The
> "root" account should provide a good example, or look at the line for
> your own user account. "/bin/csh" should work for recent versions of
> FreeBSD.

An empty field for the user shell in /etc/{master.,}passwd means the
account gets the default shell, which in the case of FreeBSD is /bin/sh.
 Shouldn't cause the observed problem.



Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil.              7 Priory Courtyard, Flat 3
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