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Re: [K12OSN] group password - chpasswd not working



Kind of stuck here - My chpasswd command is really not working.  When
I type it chpasswd by itself I get:

chpasswd: can't lock password file

I removed .lock files for passwd and shaddow

I would  be REALLY gratefull for any help.  I can't seem to find much
information on this type of problem.


Thanks,
Peter

On 6/8/06, Peter Hartmann <ascensiontech gmail com> wrote:
Update: I'm doing this now:

cat usernamepwfile | /usr/sbin/chpasswd

and I get this:

chpasswd: can't lock password file
  I tried moving passwd.lock, shadow.lock  passwd- and shaddow-..... no luck.

Little help?

Thanks!
Peter


On 6/8/06, Peter Hartmann <ascensiontech gmail com> wrote:
> Thanks Martin!  Now if  I could only get it to work.   Whatever I do I get this:
>
> usage: chpasswd [-e]
>
> man chpasswd has this:
>
> CAVEATS
>        The input file must be protected if it contains unencrypted passwords.
>
> So I tried chmodding my input file to 600.....no good.  i'm not sure
> how to encrypt a passwod with the command line so I changed one of my
> users with webmin and copied the encryped pw into my input file with
> "find and replace"   With that file i tried the command with the -e
> switch.....no good.  What the heck am i doing wrong?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
> Peter
>
> On 6/8/06, Martin Woolley <sysadmin handsworth bham sch uk> wrote:
> > On Wednesday 07 Jun 2006 19:10, Peter Hartmann wrote:
> > > I'm looking for a way to set a login password for a group of users.  I
> > > need to change this password often and I'm getting tired of doing it
> > > manually.  I've tried setting a password for the group that these
> > > users belong to in Webmin and setting a user in the group to 'no
> > > password required' but the having the group password set has no
> > > apparent effect on the login process and the user isn't required to
> > > enter a pw.   Is there a way to do this?
> >
> > One method could be setup a file with a bunch of uname:passwd entries and then
> > do a man chpasswd.
> > --
> > Regards
> > Martin Woolley
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> > Handsworth Grammar School
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