[GE users] can't get password entry for user either the user does not exist or NIS error

pollinger harald.pollinger at sun.com
Wed Jun 24 15:07:04 BST 2009

Well, INAA, too, and you are the one who has the fine Ubuntu man pages 

But I would try to replace the "compat" string in the "passwd:" line 
with "files". I'm not sure if this fixes the problem, but I'd try it.


On 06/24/09 15:49, muxecoid wrote:
> Your answer is Chinese to me (I'm not a real network administrator). What should I do? nsswitch.conf says NIS for netgroup. Here is the nsswitch.conf:
> # /etc/nsswitch.conf
> #
> # Example configuration of GNU Name Service Switch functionality.
> # If you have the `glibc-doc-reference' and `info' packages installed, try:
> # `info libc "Name Service Switch"' for information about this file.
> passwd:         compat
> group:          compat
> shadow:         compat
> hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4
> networks:       files
> protocols:      db files
> services:       db files
> ethers:         db files
> rpc:            db files
> netgroup:       nis
>> This error message just tells you that the getpwnam_r(3C) failed. You 
>> don't need NIS to solve this, you just have to set up your user DB in a 
>> way that getpwnam_r(3C) can retrieve the informations of the user from it.
>> What your user DB is should be defined in /etc/nsswitch.conf.
>> Regards,
>> Harald
>> On 06/24/09 14:49, muxecoid wrote:
>>> The error message is "can't get password entry for user either the
>>> user does not exist or NIS error". I want to get rid of this with
>>> least effort possible. I do not have NIS installed so I just copied
>>> the user names, UIDs and passwords over all machines (only 3 of them)
>>> manually.
>>> I tried to install NIS but I do not know what it is and it appears to
>>> be very hard to configure.
>>> Any easy workarounds?

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