Bug 3281 - passwd operator doesn't work?
passwd operator doesn't work?
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 5005
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: passwd (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: David Lawrence
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Reported: 1999-06-05 10:48 EDT by Karl Berry
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-09-09 09:26:34 EDT
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Description Karl Berry 1999-06-05 10:48:33 EDT
Am I going crazy?  I installed Red Hat 6.0 (`Everything'),
all was well, I logged in as root on the console, typed
passwd operator to enable a non-root account, it said
  passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully
but /etc/passwd didn't actually change, the password was
still *.  I tried several different passwords.

I did not enable MD5 passwords or NIS+ on the new setup
screen at the end.

This is not peculiar to operator.  For example, I just tried
passwd bin (another account with a * password), used
jac:jil! for the password, and /etc/passwd didn't change
despite the success message.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-05 11:12:59 EDT
Change the password field from '*' to '!!' and you will be able to
change the password.
Comment 2 theman 1999-09-08 21:17:59 EDT
This is not reasonable. No other unix does anything this stupid. Root
using passwd to change the entry should ALWAYS work, no matter the
Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 1999-09-09 09:26:59 EDT
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5005 ***

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