Solaris 9 User/Group Account Misbehavior
Posted on 2006-04-17
There seems to be a special way of entering user and group accounts that makes the account and group assignments not work properly.
The symptoms are:
- acctmgr can not “cd / export/home/anyone” even though the permissions are 770.
- anyone can not login to the Gnome desktop from the console login screen
I just ran into this problem again and the only unusual thing that I remember is that I had made a mistake with the group number and used a number that was already assigned to another group. So I ran “pwconv” with two groups with the same number. I “vi” the passwd file and corrected the group number. Then the problem appeared (I think).
I have tried deleting and reallocating the “/export/home/anyone” file. Reperformed a “chown anyone:anyone /export/home/anyone” and used userdel, grouped, useradd, groupadd, usermod to remake the accounts. This only worked sometimes!
I checked through the account definitions in passwd and group and they are correct. The error is persistent but I don’t know where the bad information is being kept…
Has anyone run into any thing like this?