Problem with freebsd-update corrupting /etc/passwd
Adam Vande More
amvandemore at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 23:34:59 UTC 2015
On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 5:56 PM, Paul Schmehl <pschmehl_lists at tx.rr.com>
> --On August 20, 2015 at 3:01:09 PM -0500 Mark Felder <feld at FreeBSD.org>
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2015, at 14:17, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>>> 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
>>> 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.
>> During the upgrade did it ask you to merge some config files (passwd
>> included) ? That's the only time it would do so. Corruption on line #3
>> makes me think it was trying to make you manually merge the FreeBSD ID /
>> timestamp at the top of the file.
> No. The only two files I was prompted to edit were /etc/motd and
> /etc/newsyslog.conf. /etc/password was displayed, but it appeared to be
> fine to me, so I responded yes to the merge. All it did was add the
> unbound account.
> The top three lines of the file (that I renamed .bak because it was
> corrupted) are:
> # cat /etc/passwd.bak
> # $FreeBSD: releng/10.2/etc/master.passwd 256366 2013-10-12 06:08:18Z
> rpaulo $
> root:*:0:0:Charlie &:/root:/bin/csh
> # pwd_mkdb -C /etc/passwd.bak
> pwd_mkdb: corrupted entry
> pwd_mkdb: at line #3
> pwd_mkdb: /etc/passwd.bak: Inappropriate file type or format
> I'd be happy to send the file to someone who could analyze it.
There is no need to analyze the file as line #3 is clearly incorrect. The
question is how it got into that format. Do you have a pre-upgrade
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