[Adduser-devel] Bug#316089: 3.66 ERROR persists: chage: can't open shadow password fileadduser

Matthias Georg Imhof mgi at vt.edu
Tue Aug 9 13:20:04 UTC 2005

I switched over to the new adduser 3.66, but still have the problem


basalt:/usr/sbin# adduser --system --group --home /var/spool/exim4 
--no-create-home --disabled-login --force-badname Debian-exim-test
chage: can't open shadow password filegroupdel: group Debian-exim-test does not 

basalt:/usr/sbin# adduser --system --no-create-home --disabled-login 
--force-badname Debian-exim-test
Allowing use of questionable username.
Adding system user `Debian-exim-test'...
Adding new user `Debian-exim-test' (105) with group `nogroup'.
chage: can't open shadow password fileadduser: `/usr/bin/chage -M 99999 
Debian-exim-test' returned error code 1.  Aborting.
Cleaning up.
Removing user `Debian-exim-test'.

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