[CentOS] /etc/passwd.rpmnew changes "x" to "*"

Matt Seitz (matseitz) matseitz at cisco.com
Sat Jun 28 20:40:13 UTC 2008

> From: John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>
> * tells it to look in /etc/shadow, where I'd expect you would 
> find said 
> "x" for no login.

I'm confused.  My current "/etc/passwd" has "x" in the password field for user "root", and I can log in as root.

The CentOS documentation also says that "x" means "use /etc/shadow":


Matt Seitz
Manager, File System Virtualization
Cisco Systems, Inc.

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