On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM, Don Russell
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> On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 4:56 AM, Bill Crawford <billcrawford1970 gmail com
>> On Thursday 25 September 2008 12:41:13 Brian Millett wrote:
>> > So the password field has changed from x to * ????
>> > I know that that means look in /etc/shadow for the password, but what
>> > inconsistancy will the older, established users find ??
>> 'x' means look in /etc/shadow, '*' is one of several ways of indicating
>> password" as in you can't log in, rather than "blank password" which lets
>> log in without one. The .rpmnew is the "unconverted" form, if you run
>> you'll see the same it /etc/passwd.
> The /etc/passwd.rpmnew has 15 lines of userid stuff...
> My /etc/passwd file has a lot more than that... and many I didn't even know
> about.... (various system things ntpd blah blah blah)
> Am I supposed to take the users that *I* added to the system (via
> system-config-users) and cut/paste those ones into the new one, changing the
> x to an *? And thereby dropping all those other ones that are set to nologon
> Does pwconv or pwunconv do this for me automatically? (The man file looks
> great for people familiar with it... not so great for explaining what the
> commands really do.) Shouldn't the update script have done this when it
> updated setup?
> The pwconv command creates shadow from passwd and an optionally
> The pwunconv command creates passwd from passwd and shadow and then
> removes shadow.
> So where does passwd.rpmnew come into play?
> pwconv ... and removes shadow... um, don't I need shadow?
> ditto for pwunconv
> I don't get it, now I don't know what I have. :-(