FreeBSD 5.3 forgets some of my users

Kövesdán Gábor gabor.kovesdan at
Sun May 22 12:07:56 PDT 2005

Thanks for your suggestion. I use 'files' lookup. As You wrote I checked 
the syntax with pwd_mkdb -C /etc/passwd' and it returned nothing. Then I 
did a rebuild with -p, and now it seems to be okay, the two accounts 
that had gone away are working now.

Anyway I haven't changed the nsswitch.conf, I have the default one:

root at server# less /etc/nsswitch.conf
group: compat
group_compat: nis
hosts: files dns
networks: files
passwd: compat
passwd_compat: nis
shells: files


Gábor Kövesdán

>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.

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