Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 702172
groupadd fails to rename group file across filesystem boundary
Last modified: 2012-08-16 11:07:45 EDT
Description of problem:
Attempting to add a group fails because the call to rename /etc/group+ to /path/on/other/fs/group fails.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Move /etc/group to another filesystem (e.g. /mnt/group).
2. Symlink /etc/group to /mnt/group
3. Attempt to add a group with 'groupadd test'
Groupadd fails to add a group:
"groupadd: failure while writing changes to /etc/group"
Groupadd should add the group successfully.
From strace output, it appears that the call to rename('/etc/group+', '/mnt/etc/group') is the failure point. A possible solution would be to ensure group+ is created in the same directory as group.
This appears to happen to passwd, shadow, and gshadow as well, probably for similar reasons.
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