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BillWho
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:31 am    Post subject: [resolved] problem setting user password Reply with quote

Hi all,

I have to reinstall gentoo on my laptop due to a hard drive failure. I'm currently chrooted and toward the end of the installation. After adding the user I set the password and this is the result:
Code:
chroot to ->(gentoo) # passwd bill
New password:
Retype new password:
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error
passwd: password unchanged
chroot to ->(gentoo) #

I've never encountered this before :?:

I did some googling, but couldn't find any answers. Hopefully, someone here can provide a clue :)

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding dumb comment--The handbook waits to add ordinary user after the reboot
Code:
ls -al /etc/shadow*

Check if you have got /etc/shadow file or not? If it does not exist then look for /etc/shadow-. If /etc/shadow- file does exist then copy it as /etc/shadow using the following command:
Code:
cp /etc/shadow- /etc/shadow

Quote:
The pwconv command creates shadow from passwd and an optionally existing shadow

IF you have no /etc/shadow files at all you can make a blank one and set the new username/password. You may have trouble with the "system" users; don't know.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DONAHUE,

I just discovered that I made a BIG MISTAKE :oops:

I must have unpacked the tarballs as user because the permissions and owners were all wrong - too many to fix manually so I'll just start over.

Thanks :D
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