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Bug 146964 - crond ORPHAN (no passwd entry) on NIS+ system
crond ORPHAN (no passwd entry) on NIS+ system
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: crontabs (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jason Vas Dias
Brock Organ
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Blocks: 170445
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Reported: 2005-02-02 20:11 EST by Paul Pluzhnikov
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: vixie-cron-4.1-3_EL3
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Last Closed: 2005-02-04 10:49:45 EST
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Description Paul Pluzhnikov 2005-02-02 20:11:09 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[24872]: (devtest) BEGIN EDIT (devtest) 
Feb  2 16:40:19 dev1 crontab[24872]: (devtest) REPLACE (devtest) 
Feb  2 16:40:19 dev1 crontab[24872]: (devtest) END EDIT (devtest) 
Feb  2 16:41:00 dev1 crond[1371]: (devtest) ORPHAN (no passwd entry) 

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How reproducible:

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.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jason Vas Dias 2005-02-03 10:12:26 EST
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
it from:
Please try this version - it should fix the problem - and let me know.

Comment 2 Paul Pluzhnikov 2005-02-03 12:53:30 EST
Yes, the vixie-cron-4.1-3_EL3 package fixes this.
Comment 3 Jason Vas Dias 2005-10-14 11:37:25 EDT
This bug is fixed with vixie-cron-4.1-8_EL3, available from:
and should be considered for inclusion in RHEL-3-U7 .

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