Subject: Re: vipw failure
To: Charles Shannon Hendrix <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/05/2006 14:07:48
On Tue, 5 Sep 2006 11:10:10 -0400, Charles Shannon Hendrix
<> wrote:

> I have recently started having the following failure when trying to
> edit my passwords with vipw:
> escape:/root
> [39] % vipw
> pwd_mkdb: /etc/ptmp.orig: File exists
> re-edit the password file? [y]: 
> This is after I do my edits.  If I say Yes, it's just an endless loop.
> Say no and no edits get put in master.passwd.
> I can't find out what causes this or why it is a problem.
Does /etc/ptmp.orig exist when you're not in vipw?  Does some other
process have it open?  Is another copy of vipw running?

		--Steven M. Bellovin,