Bug 101607 - Error Message is "vague"
Error Message is "vague"
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: redhat-config-users (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Brent Fox
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Reported: 2003-08-04 13:16 EDT by Paul Campbell
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:56 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-08-14 20:12:01 EDT
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Description Paul Campbell 2003-08-04 13:16:57 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.

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How reproducible:

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
and restart.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Brent Fox 2003-08-14 20:12:01 EDT
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

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