My shop box has no users!

Reinhold Rumberger rrumberger at
Thu Feb 3 18:53:19 UTC 2011

On Donnerstag 03 Februar 2011, 19:29:17, gene heskett wrote:
> Greetings;
> I tried to synchronize my usernum between this machine, and the shop
> machine, which amanda also backs up.  By modifying everything in /etc to
> renumber the user gene from 1000 to 500 like it is here on this pclos box.
> That did not gain me write perms in /home/gene on the shop box, so I
> reverted everything.
> I can ssh into this machine as 'gene', using my usual passwd, but the
> prompt is:
> root at shop:/var# logout <-i did a ctrl+d
> I have no name!@shop:~$ whoami
> whoami: cannot find name for user ID 1000
> Yet I exist in both the original /etc/passwd, /etc/group as 1000:1000

I've never used amanda (to complex for my little laptop), so I'm clueless 
about that, but could you check the permissions on these:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1002 2011-01-20 12:21 /etc/group
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2,0K 2010-12-10 00:14 /etc/passwd

I just reproduced the above problem by removing read permissions.


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