[lug] Password Migration Problems

Swavek Skret swavek.skret at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 19:20:59 MDT 2013


Sorry for a late response. It is omap processor and linux distribution.

I found out what the problem was. I had a problem in how I was putting
together the root.tgz  linux file system. After I fixed that, the password
issue went away.


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin at scrye.com> wrote:

> On Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:55:43 -0600
> Swavek Skret <swavek.skret at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am experiencing a problem when migrating passwords on my linux
> > system. The system has only /etc/passwd file and not /etc/shadow etc.
> That sounds like a very very old system? whats the os
> version/release/distro?
> > The problem is that when I install the /etc/passwd file (with the new
> > passwords in it; yes it is an old system, one where the passwords
> > appear to be stored in the /etc/passwd file for each user entry
> > between the ':' separators) on the same kind but a new system, the
> > system acts as if the passwords have not been updated. That's all
> > despite that the /etc/passwd file does have the new password entry.
> > It looks to me as if there was some other place/entity that I would
> > need to push to the new system for these new password to take effect.
> Take a look at pwconv. "man pwconv" for more info.
> > I noticed is that when I do change the password manually, there
> > appears to be this "/etc/passwd-" file. It is not clear to me what
> > this does (googling it did not show anything). Does anyone know about
> > the "/etc/passwd-" file or possibly another place to
> > update/adjust/configure to migrate the passwords successfully?
> Thats a save of the old passwd file when a change is made. It saves it
> as a passwd- version as a backup.
> kevin
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