Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 449555
User "news" has no shell in /etc/passwd
Last modified: 2013-04-15 04:56:55 EDT
Description of problem:
Default /etc/passwd file has user "news" with no entry for shell (additionally,
a home directory /etc/news which does not exist)
Should be given /sbin/nologin (i.e. something from /etc/shells), I suppose?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I'm afraid there is no easy way how to fix that in setup package. Any change would/could cause unwanted inconsistency. In Fedora Rawhide is news user/group no longer created by default by setup, it's created by packages that using it (inn and leafnode) - see rhbz #437462 for details. Assigning /sbin/nologin shell to it in RHEL-5 will cause troubles to inn functionality - as some modifications were needed to make inn work with with /sbin/nologin.