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Bug#4585: passwd is not NIS compatible

On Wed, 25 Sep 1996, Dominik Kubla wrote:

> When encountering NIS overide entries (like "+kubla::::::") while changing
> a local password, the programm will fill the empty fields with the string
> "(null)".

I can't duplicate this.  On my system, `+kubla::::::' gets replaced
with `+kubla::0:0:::'.  People knowledgable about NIS told me that was

The only thing I can think of that might be causing some problem is
your running a different libc with a broken fgetpwent().  I'm running
libc5_5.2.18-11.  So please tell me which version you're running, and
also send me if the following code outputs anything besides

#include <pwd.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>
int main() {
  FILE *f;
  struct passwd *p;
  f = tmpfile();
  fprintf(f, "+kubla::::::\n");
  p = fgetpwent(f);
  if (!p->pw_passwd || *p->pw_passwd)
    fprintf(stderr, "broken - %s\n", p->pw_passwd);
  putpwent(p, stdout);


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