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Date:      Fri, 09 Jan 2009 10:47:03 -0500
From:      Lowell Gilbert <>
To:        "Bert-Jan" <>
Subject:   Re: Login accounts don't work after update to 7.1
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> (Bert-Jan's message of "Fri\, 9 Jan 2009 09\:45\:25 +0100 \(CET\)")
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"Bert-Jan" <> writes:

> I do find it strange though, that freebsd-update replaced those files,
> even though it tells you it's going to change them.

I don't use freebsd-update, so I'm just trying to figure it out from
reading the program.  [freebsd-update is mostly just a shell script]

> What is the proper way to handle this ? Can I run a command after the
> update finishes that regenerates the account databases from the
> master.passwd ? I checked the history and *I* never touched it during the
> update, so it was merged like it should.

I'm not sure what the proper way is; there's certainly code in there to
update the databases automatically, so you *shouldn't* have to do
anything.  To do the same thing manually, you can use pwd_mkdb(8).  When
you edit the password database with vipw(8), this is handled for you.

I'd recommend trying to reproduce the problem on a spare machine, so we
can understand it better.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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