Problem with freebsd-update corrupting /etc/passwd

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Thu Aug 20 19:17:25 UTC 2015

I just upgraded two servers from 8.4-RELEASE to 10.2-RELEASE.  On both 
servers I had a problem with the /etc/passwd file after upgrade.

This is what I got on both servers:

# pwd_mkdb -C /etc/passwd
pwd_mkdb: corrupted entry
pwd_mkdb: at line #3
pwd_mkdb: /etc/passwd: Inappropriate file type or format

On one server a single user "disappeared" (getent passwd username returned 
nothing).  On the other server, after I replaced it with 
/etc/masster.passwd, I looped through the /etc/passwd file and getent 
returned each entry, so no users "disappeared".

Not sure what the problem might be, but I thought y'all should know.

Paul Schmehl, Retired
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