SUMMARY: passwd command for user prompts for another user's password to be changed

From: Tim Chipman <>
Date: Thu Aug 31 2006 - 15:31:53 EDT
Many thanks to those who responded (no particular order:)

Johan Hartzenberg
Chris Hoogendyk
Filo Smith
Susan Thielen

alas, I don't really know the cause of the problem, and the inconsistent
nature of the beast makes it difficult to diagnose.  I've since applied a
recent patch cluster to the system (absurdly long overdue) and I'm hoping
this will help alleviate future issues.

Suggestions included,

-check authentication mechanism (LDAP, etc?)
-check for odd things in /etc/shadow file
-look for duplicate UIDs
-any issues with time involved, ie minimum wait time enforced etc?
-alias defined for "passwd" to do something other than what I expect?

Again, many thanks for the help.

--Tim Chipman
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Received on Thu Aug 31 15:32:27 2006

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