Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101607
Error Message is "vague"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:37 EDT
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Description of problem:
Error message "user database can not be read" doesn't give
useful information. The problem turned out to be a mismatch
between passwd and shadow. Perhaps, the message could reflect
that. I ended up searching thru google and redhat for that
message. Since I got a hit on redhat, I wasn't the first to
wonder down that path.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.delete or add a line from either passwd or shadow
Expected Results: Mismatch on number of entries for shadow and passwd. Correct
I have changed the text to read:
"The user database cannot be read. This problem is most likely caused by a
mismatch in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. The program will exit now."
I hope that helps clarify the problem. Should be fixed in