master.passwd out of sync

Jonathan McKeown jonathan at
Tue Sep 3 11:26:43 UTC 2019

On Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 12:01, MJ <mafsys1234 at> wrote:
> Hi Albert,
> On 3/09/2019 6:56 pm, Albert Shih wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> > […] I try to create a account with pw and sometime I got the
> > message
> >
> >    pw: user '*******' disappeared during update
> If I'm understanding you correctly, you want to know what rebuilds the master.passwd under "normal" circumstances?
> That would be vipw(8).
No, it really wouldn't. The OP specified that he's using pw(8) which
also manages the password databases (or should, hence the question).
vipw(8) is a different tool altogether., and of the two I'd always
recommend pw(8).


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