Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 146964
crond ORPHAN (no passwd entry) on NIS+ system
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:06 EST
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Description of problem:
On a system configured to use NIS+, I can login (as user devtest) and
do 'crontab -e' to set up a cron job.
Crond however refuses to run this job:
Feb 2 16:40:07 dev1 crontab: (devtest) BEGIN EDIT (devtest)
Feb 2 16:40:19 dev1 crontab: (devtest) REPLACE (devtest)
Feb 2 16:40:19 dev1 crontab: (devtest) END EDIT (devtest)
Feb 2 16:41:00 dev1 crond: (devtest) ORPHAN (no passwd entry)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up the system with NIS
2. Login as user without local /etc/passwd entry
3. Use 'crontab -e' to set a cron job
4. Observe that the job does not run
Actual Results: crond does not run scheduled jobs.
Expected Results: crond should run jobs for users for which
getpwnam() returns a valid entry.
This problem is fixed in the latest version of CRON for RHEL-3,
vixie-cron-4.1-3_EL3, which is currently undergoing QA testing
and which should be in RHEL-3-U5 . Meanwhile, you can download
Please try this version - it should fix the problem - and let me know.
Yes, the vixie-cron-4.1-3_EL3 package fixes this.
This bug is fixed with vixie-cron-4.1-8_EL3, available from:
and should be considered for inclusion in RHEL-3-U7 .