why doesn't this work...?
tefol at This.Is.Not.An.Address
Sat Oct 13 11:08:29 CEST 2001
I have written a script to automate the creation of users on a Red Hat 7.1
server. I did a lot of testing on my dev server, and it worked great.
Adds the user to the /etc/passwd file, adds an encrypted passwd to the
/etc/shadow file. User can log in fine.
I move the script over to my live server, and it doesn't work. It looks like
it works. The user I add appears in both the above files. But it can't log
This is causing me no end of grief, as you might imagine. I can't think of
what the difference in the two machines might be.
FWIW, the script is posted below. I would love to get comments on
why/what/how the problem is, and also gleefully encourage comments on neatness
and form of my code. I am still quite newbie.
import sys, crypt, os, string, random, re
from whrandom import choice
usage = """usage:makeuser username password"""
def GenRandStr(length=8, chars=string.letters + string.digits):
return ''.join([choice(chars) for i in range(length)])
salt = '$1$' + GenRandStr()
username = sys.argv
password = sys.argv
crypted = crypt.crypt(password, salt)
command = '/usr/sbin/useradd ' + username + ' -s /etc/ftponly -m -p \'' +
crypted + '\''
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