Problem with useradd and passwd

Ken Dyke ken_i_m at
Thu Oct 31 11:15:16 PST 2002

On Thu, 2002-10-31 at 12:06, Eran wrote:
> Hi,
> When I planned to install all software as an unprivileged user (Please see it on the page 29 in the lfs-book), I typed the command below:
> useradd -s /bin/bash -m lfs &&
> passwd lfs
> An error message appeared on my computer screen and stated that useradd was not found. Also passwd was not found.
> useradd and passwd are part of the shadow-4.0.3 package and both useradd and passwd dynamically link to the library, but I build a basic linux system using static linking only according to the instructions of the lfs-book! How come?
> What will I do now please? Should I do something important or should I ignore it and continue building a basic linux system?
> Your help would be greatly appreciated.

You need to be root to useradd.  If you su /sbin is probably not part of
you $PATH.  Thus, if you su give full path for command /sbin/useradd

I think, therefore, ken_i_m
Chief Gadgeteer,
Elegant Innovations
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