passwd & group file problems ?

Dave Korn
Thu Jun 9 18:08:00 GMT 2005

----Original Message----
>From: Igor Pechtchanski
>Sent: 09 June 2005 18:09

> likely to bite you at some point soon.  Secondly, some application
> (presumably Norton Ghost) has inserted a quoted string into your PATH,
> which confuses Cygwin.  Remove the quotes from the PATH.

  At this point, I'd just like to say ${DAVEK_ANTI_NORTON_RANT}, and
while of course it is also true that

> Also, as your cygcheck output shows, you are in a domain.  It's quite
> possible that the domain controller really is taking more than 30 minutes
> to return the set of users and groups (for large domains).  The "-u"/"-g"
> options of mkpasswd/mkgroup respectively may be helpful.

  Or indeed running it in such a way that the redirection doesn't prevent
you from seeing what's going on, such as:

mkpasswd -d -l | tee /etc/passwd

which will let you see it spitting out entries one-by-one as the server
sends responses.

> You could try running "net user nlwiso" to find out the group membership
> (though I'm not certain how to ensure that the user being queried is
> EMEA\nlwiso); 

  "net user EMEA\nlwiso".  It's pretty universal in 'doze that wherever you
can put a username, you can put a DOMAIN\user string instead.

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