Not Able to add users

First, I have done some "tweaking"
I am on FC3 -- partly because I could not get 4 or Centos 3 or 4 to load on my hardware, basically Intell D915plwd motherboard

I have since loaded (and gotten working by the tweaks)
PHP 5x
MySQL 5
ColdFusion 5
BlueDragon 6.2.1 JX
It was mostly the older ColdFusion 5 that probably mucked up the works

When I try to add a user I get the following
[root@falcon etc]# /usr/sbin/adduser -d /www/horizon/falcon.horizonsite.com/ horizon
adduser: cannot rewrite shadow password file

Could use some help here

thanks in advance
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Duncan RoeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
You could try useradd - another similar command.
Do you have shadow passwords anyway? (Does /etc/shadow exist?)
If you don't have shadow passwords enabled, you can add users by editing /etc/passwd. Set their password up from root afterwards by "passwd <new_user_name>".
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ravenplCommented:
> adduser: cannot rewrite shadow password file
You run it as root?
Your disk is not full?
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Len45Author Commented:
duncan roe:
Both adduser and useradd actually write the user to the passwd file and create the /home/userdirectory
 I then get... adduser: cannot rewrite shadow password file
Yes shadow and -shadow are there shadow did have a r-------- I chmod'd it to 600, with the result above
When I try to set the password with /usr/bin/passwd...
Changing password for user test_user.
passwd: Authentication token manipulation error

ravenpl:
Yes I am running as root
/dev/hda5             4.9G  1.6G  3.1G  34% /
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Len45Author Commented:
I have been Googling... with no luck y'all are the hope of my future, uping the ante
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Len45Author Commented:
Well, you futz long enough and it heals, eh?
there must have been some inconsistency between files -- I manually cleaned up passwd, shadow and group
did a pwunconv pwconf grpunconv grpconv
now she works...

Thanks for the tip, now I need to know how to close this question
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Cyclops3590Commented:
Good work solving your own problem.  EE would much appreciate it I'm sure if you could post in the Community Support area to PAQ the question and refund your points.
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