machine accounts

David Boyce dsb at
Tue Oct 12 17:10:24 GMT 1999

At 10:25 PM 10/10/99 +1000, bs at wrote:

>On Sun, 10 Oct 1999, Angus Robertson wrote:
> > Is there anyway to get around having the machine account in /etc/passwd.
>I discovered another problem with machine accounts: I want to setup a
>samba-pdc (linux) in an existing NT/Win9x network. 1 machine is called
>`3z61z3' (and the user doesn't feel like changing it). Where's the
>problem? Well, just try `useradd 3z61z3$' ;)...
>Soooo.... I see 2 quick solutions here: prefix machine accounts with a
>letter (e.g. `M') or introduce yet another map: a machine <->
>machine account map, to overwrite the default mapping.
>Someone knows better ways of doing this?

Are you sure this isn't merely a limitation of the useradd program? I'm not 
running Linux but on Solaris 7 I have no trouble adding ' 3z61z3$' to 
/etc/passwd manually.


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