Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 215862
avahi-daemon: Failed to find user 'avahi'.
Last modified: 2008-04-09 20:27:48 EDT
Description of problem: After upgrade from FC4 to FC6, I am seeing this error.
The avahi user is not found in /etc/passwd, and I cannot determine the proper
home directory or whatever for it. Googling didn't turn anything up.
[root@arctic ~]# grep avahi ~/upgrade.log
Upgrading avahi - 0.6.11-6.fc6.i386
/var/tmp/rpm-tmp.67263: line 3: 1089 Segmentation fault /usr/sbin/useradd
-c 'Avahi daemon' -u 70 -s /sbin/nologin -r -d '/' avahi 2>/dev/null
warning: user avahi does not exist - using root
warning: group avahi does not exist - using root
Upgrading avahi-glib - 0.6.11-6.fc6.i386
Upgrading kdnssd-avahi - 0.1.3-0.1.20060713svn.fc6.i386
Upgrading avahi-devel - 0.6.11-6.fc6.i386
Upgrading avahi-qt3 - 0.6.11-6.fc6.i386
Upgrading kdnssd-avahi-devel - 0.1.3-0.1.20060713svn.fc6.i386
Upgrading avahi-compat-howl - 0.6.11-6.fc6.i386
libsepol.sepol_genbools_array: boolean avahi_disable_trans no longer in policy
Well, there's the failed command during the upgrade. I'll add this user by hand
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[mjfrazer@arctic ~]$ rpm -qa | grep avahi
Steps to Reproduce:
I did a yum upgrade from FC4 to FC6 and had the same problem.
This rather seems to problem in shadow-utils. Reassigning...
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I sort of gave up on Fedora as a desktop after the upgrade from 7 to 8 broke the
xinerama support for my Radeon 7200 cards. So I bought a Mac.
As such, I cannot really provide any more info.
Thanks for the update.