[SunHELP] cron - bad user

Tige D. Chastain tdchastain at insightbb.com
Wed Aug 25 23:21:02 CDT 2004


I had this exact issue.  Searching on sunsolve.sun.com (and a call with
Sun Support) reveilled that this is a bug that has been introduced with
Solaris 8.  The relevant bug IDs are 4898055 and 4858469.



On Wed, 2004-08-25 at 07:00, Andreas Putzo wrote:
> Hello,
> i am currently setting up a backup system on several machines. Therefor i 
> created the user "backup" with no password, so in /etc/shadow it looks like 
> this: 
> backup:*LK*:::::::
> Then i created a crontab for user backup to let him do the backups every 
> night. 
> Now it becomes curious: This setup works fine on every machine, *except* one.
> I found in /var/cron/log this:
> ! bad user (backup) Wed Aug 25 12:30:00 2004
> I googled a bit and found out, that locked out users not allowed to use cron,
> so i changed in /etc/shadow the *LK* with NP and it worked.
> But i don't get, why the other machines didn't complain about the fact, 
> that 'backup' is 'locked out' on the system.
> /etc/cron.d/cron.deny are identically on all machines.
> It's working know, so it is not a big problem at all, but i really want
> to know, why the behaviour differs.
> All systems are running solaris 8.
> If you have any hints, please let me know.
> kindly regards,
> Andreas
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