FreeBSD 5.3 forgets some of my users

Doug White dwhite at
Sun May 22 11:48:34 PDT 2005

Stripping -bugs and -current cc; this applies to -stable and isn't in
reference to an existing PR.

On Sat, 21 May 2005, [ISO-8859-1] Kövesdán Gábor wrote:

> Hello there,
> there is a strange thing.... FreeBSD 5.3 randomly frogets some of my
> users. Sometimes I see in the first column of the ps aux output the uid
> number instead of the login name, but next when I run it, there is the
> login name. Besides, I tried to chown a directory to an existing user,
> but the I get an error message, that there wasn't such user.

What are you using for user lookups?  Are you using nss_ldap or something
other than the default 'files' lookup?  Can you post the contents of

I'd also check your master.passwd file for any syntax errors or odd
characters and then force a rebuild with:

pwd_mkdb -p /etc/master.passwd

as root.

> I immediately checked passwd, group and master.passwd files in /etc but
> the entry for that user was present there. The pw userdel was unable to
> delete that user, so I had to manually remove it from those three files
> and create it again. It worked then, but a bit later there was the same
> result. I'm quite annoyed now. This state isn't safe enough, I have to
> do something to get around with this. Do You have similar experiences?
> Or do You now some kinda workaround?
> Cheers,
> Gábor Kövesdán
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