Long machine names...

Tim Winders twinders at SPC.cc.tx.us
Thu May 21 18:21:04 GMT 1998

On Thu, 21 May 1998, Jeremy Allison wrote:

> Tim Winders wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > OK, now I am VERY confused.  I ran the unix adduser utility and added the
> > new user called sup2$ (the new name of my machine).  I verified the entry
> > WAS in /etc/passwd.  I then IMMEDIATELY ran smbpasswd -a -m sup2 sup2 and
> > the samba private/smbpasswd file was updated to relfect the new sup2$
> > machine account.  I could then login with the NT box.  I then checked the
> > /etc/passwd file and there were NO machine account entries...
> > 
> Well whoever did it wasn't smbpasswd. I defy you to find
> code in there that writes to /etc/passwd :-).

OK.  I added the user phone$ and here's the entry in /etc/passwd

phone$:Nologin:1152:92:machine account:/usr/users/machine/phone$:/bin/false

(This machine ALREADY had a machine account and the unix user was removed

Next, I did smbpasswd -m phone phone and all is still OK in /etc/passwd.

So, edited private/smbpasswd and removed the phone$ entry.  Then did:

# smbpasswd -a -m phone phone
smbpasswd: Added user phone$.

and the /etc/passwd file is STILL OK.  So, I changed MY UNIX passwd and
everthing is still OK.  (arrrgh!)

So, then I remembered that we are running the Digital Internet Locker
management suite.  So, I created a temporary user using that software and
SON OF A B*TCH, the phone$ entry was GONE.  There must be a
"bug/problem/something" with usernames with $ in the account name and they
are getting stripped from the /etc/passwd file when the new account is

But, here is a problem...  That account goes away, but their files
(spool/home directory etc) are LEFT and then that UID gets used again!

I guess I have to talk to digital...

=== Tim

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