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Re: [SLE] someone save my ass prob with root passwd
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On 2005-03-19 11:15:45 -0500 Leendert Meyer <leen.meyer@xxxxxxx> wrote:

But it did! The missing 'x' was significant. I do not know the exact function of that 'x', but without it the system does not ask for a password, although there is one in /etc/shadow.

The x is a place holder in the old password field in /etc/passwd. It
essentially means that the account is password protected, but the
actually pasword is stored in /etc/shadow now.

Charles


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