James Devine fxmulder at
Thu Feb 4 17:53:06 CET 2010

on freebsd there is no /etc/shadow, it is /etc/master.passwd

A man on getpwnam shows:

     These routines have been written to ``shadow'' the password file, e.g.
     allow only certain programs to have access to the encrypted password.  If
     the process which calls them has an effective uid of 0, the encrypted
     password will be returned, otherwise, the password field of the returned
     structure will point to the string `*'.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 9:23 AM, Alan DeKok <aland at> wrote:
> James Devine wrote:
>> I'm assuming you're referring to the shadow group?  That wouldn't work
>> on freebsd though,
>  Why not?
>> I tried setting group to wheel with no success.
>  So... add a group "shadow".  chgrp shadow /etc/shadow.  I don't see
> why that wouldn't work.
>  Alan DeKok.
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