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

Robbie Smith zoqaeski at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 02:39:39 EST 2012

On 14/12/12 01:04, Neil Perry wrote:
> On 13 December 2012 13:52, Robbie Smith <zoqaeski at gmail.com> wrote:
>> vipw and vigr don't seem to do anything for me. It doesn't matter what
>> changes I make, they both report that nothing was changed.
>> # vipw
>> (Makes changes in $EDITOR, writes and quits)
>> vipw: no changes made
>> vipw: /etc/passwd unchanged
>> ?
> I believe vipw and vigr will launch the file in using $EDITOR. Once you
> have made changes it will sanity check in a sandbox style before saving to
> the 'production' file.
> Correct me if I'm wrong please.
> Neil
That's what it's supposed to do, according to all the documentation that 
I can find. But (for me at least), it opens a temporary file in $EDITOR 
named vi(pw|gr).XXXXXX, where XXXXXX is a random string. Upon editing 
the file and exiting the editor, instead of comparing and merging the 
changes to the production file, it does nothing. I've even made a copy 
of the production file myself (as an extra precaution), and deleted 
every line in the tmp file, and it still does nothing.

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