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Re: [suse-security] MozillaFirefox 1.0.8 update for SUSE 10.0
  • From: Werner Flamme <werner.flamme@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 19:46:34 +0200
  • Message-id: <444BBD7A.3090803@xxxxxx>
Malte Gell schrieb:
On Thursday 20 April 2006 13:36, Werner Flamme wrote:
Malte Gell schrieb am 20.04.2006 13:31:

just installed MozillaFirefox-1.0.8-0.2.i586.rpm and during the process I got "su: user /dev/null does not exist"

maybe a minor bug in your eyes? ;-) You say "user /dev/null does
not exist" - that has nothing to do with the file /dev/null. Do you
have a user /dev/null defined in /etc/passwd (or LDAP or whatever
source you use when logging in)?

No bug in my contacts, see below.

No, you got me wrong :-/.

When you are told "su: user /dev/null does not exist" you do not need to
look for the *file* /dev/null, but for an *entry* *in* */etc/passwd* or
whatever your user authentication needs. This is what I wanted to say. I
did not say you need a user called "/dev/null" or that I do not believe
you got exactly this message - I think this is an error in the rpm.

su: Benutzer /dev/null existiert nicht (plain English: su: user
/dev/null does not exist)

I know this happens with some rpms (with different user names) when the
builder develops with his own user name and does not change the names
for his rpm. The error occurs even when the rpm is installed as root. I
see it often when using synaptic as a frontend for apt.


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