Passwd changes problem

Bob Dusek bobd at
Thu Jan 18 18:49:28 GMT 2001

To create an smbpasswd entry, you need to run smbpasswd with the -a

smbpasswd -a

If you are the root user on your server, you probably don't want to add
"root" to the smbpasswd file, so the smbpasswd command requires an
additional argument... the argument is the username of the user for
which you wan to create an smbpasswd entry... 

[to add the user "johndoe"]

smbpasswd -a johndoe

Then, smbpasswd will prompt you to enter a password, then to re-enter
for confirmation.  Enter in the (same) password of choice each time. If
it tells you "malformed password entry (passwd too short)", then you
need to make the password longer.

Hope this helps.


jayaprakash.j at wrote:
> Hi everyone
> Forgive us if this quetion is already answered.
> My problem is whenever we are trying to add a password using
> smbpasswd command we encounter the following errors.
> # smbpasswd
> New SMB password:
> Retype new SMB password:
> getsmbfilepwent: malformed password entry (passwd too short)
> Failed to find entry for user root.
> Failed to change password entry for root
> Thanx in Advance
> JP


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