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.
Change the password field from '*' to '!!' and you will be able to
change the password.
This is not reasonable. No other unix does anything this stupid. Root
using passwd to change the entry should ALWAYS work, no matter the
existing contents. WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 5005 ***