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Bug 303 - 5.2 upgrade silently overwrites /etc/shells
Summary: 5.2 upgrade silently overwrites /etc/shells
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 5.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1998-12-04 20:34 UTC by adam
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1998-12-09 21:12:32 UTC

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Description adam 1998-12-04 20:34:23 UTC
upgraded from 5.0 to 5.2, and when I was done, I couldn't
ftp to the box, though I'd been able to before. Turns out my
additions to /etc/shells (for my own login shell) had
disappeared, and /etc/shells had been returned to a
pristine, out of the box state.

Had the process left behind a .rpmsave file, that'd be at
least consistent with the rest of the changes that had
happened -- as it is, though, rpm -qf /etc/shells disavows
any knowledge of the file.  Oops.  Some upgrade script isn't
checking to make sure things haven't changed...

Comment 1 Jay Turner 1998-12-08 20:51:59 UTC
I installed RH5.0, added a last line to /etc/shells of /bin/zsh.  I
upgraded from 5.0 to 5.2, and observed the /etc/shells was identical
to the one I had made in RH5.0.  Sorry, couldn't duplicate the

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1998-12-09 21:12:59 UTC
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 365 ***

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