Problem with su

Romain Thouvenin romain.thouvenin at
Sat Nov 11 07:59:10 PST 2006

2006/11/11, Vladimir A. Pavlov <pv4 at>:
> Hi, Romain!
> On Saturday 11 November 2006 16:52, Romain Thouvenin wrote:
> >    install_package "Mktemp : pour creer des fichiers temporaires" mktemp mktemp
> >    su: /usr/src/mktemp:/bin/bash: No such file or directory
> Every package user has a record (a line) in /etc/passwd. Every record
> contains sevaral fields (user id, primary group id, description, shell,
> etc) separated by a colon `:' (for instance,
> "root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash").
I'm so stupid. I knew that but I didn't figure out that this had to be
the reason. I was only suspicious about the spaces ...

> That's why all the programs working with users/groups don't allow any
> of the fields to contain colons. In your case you seem to be trying to
> force a user to have a description (so-called GECOS field) with colons
> in it.
> So my suggestion is to drop the ':' character from the package
> description.
Works perfectly know. Thank you !


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