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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:22:49 +0200
From: "Radek Michalski" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: add user.

> Hi,
> Tank's to Solar I made a CD with Live OWL.
> I can do almost everything with it, but I can not
> add a new user to it. Can anybody help me with it !
> When I am in chroot and try to add the user adam
> I got :
> # useradd adam
> useradd: cannot lock shadow password file

Hi Adam,

recently I had this problem while installing Owl on hard disk. This was
caused by inproper /etc/ directory permissions.
They should be like:

drwxr-xr-x   27 root     root         4096 Sep 15 08:44 etc

Radek Michalski

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