/etc/passwd and shadow was blank

Rod James Bio rjubio at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 07:48:02 UTC 2011

On Thursday, 07 April, 2011 03:09 PM, Joe Zeff wrote:
> On 04/06/2011 11:54 PM, Rod James Bio wrote:
>> Now my question is what was the cause why those files had gone blank? I
>> never experience this kind of problem before in ubuntu and centos so I
>> was thinking it was a distro-specific problem. I already search google
>> but the same question had gone unanswered by the community.
> I'm only guessing, you understand, but it's quite possible that the two
> problems are related.  Some program tried to modify the password file
> (and shadow, of course) and as a first step, renamed them to make
> backups.  Then, it opened /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, creating new
> versions but was unable to write to either file because the / partition
> was full.  (Remember, /etc must be on the / partition because it has to
> be available before the other partitions are mounted because that's
> where fstab lives.)

Thanks. That could be it. I'll look for that process. Thanks again
*Rod James U. Bio*<http://www.pregi.net>
I don't think 'It's better than hurling yourself into a meat grinder' is 
a good rationale for doing something. -- Andrew Suffield in 
<20030905221055.GA22354 at doc.ic.ac.uk> on debian-devel
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