[arch-general] dbus update - /etc/passwd merge question

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 11:59:21 EST 2012

You can use vipw and vigr to safely edit the passwd and group files with
your editor of choice, and make the changes (or use the cli utilities
instead). There's no need to manually edit shadow/gshadow, you can update
them by running pwconv and grpconv which will generate them by merging
passwd with the current shadow, and group with the current gshadow.

On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM, mike cloaked <mike.cloaked at gmail.com>wrote:

> Having read the available postings in arch-dev-public as well as those on
> this subject in the arch forums I am somewhat confused as to how to
> complete the merge for /etc/passwd /etc/shadow /etc/group and /etc/gshadow
> for the new entries in the .pacnew files.
> For example in my old /etc/passwd I have the line:
> dbus:x:81:81:System message bus:/:/bin/false
> and in the pacnew file I have:
> dbus:x:81:81:dbus:/:/sbin/nologin
> Should I put the line from the .pacnew file into the old file?
> Also for uidd I have in the original:
> uuidd:x:999:999::/:/sbin/nologin
> but in the pacnew file it is:
> uuidd:x:68:68:uuidd:/:/sbin/nologin
> Should I change the uid in the original file to 68 - and do the same in the
> corresponding entries for shadow, group and gshadow?
> I am an old linux user and usually I can sort things out after an upgrade
> but this time I am really confused.
> Any expert advice very much appreciated - thanks.
> --
> mike c

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