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Cannot Modify The Groupid Using Groupmod Fails with groupmod: "cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later." (Doc ID 2600273.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 04, 2019

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 7.0 and later
Linux x86-64

Symptoms

After user tried to modify the group id of a group of an Oracle Linux 7.x server, received the following errors:

  groupmod -g <newGID> <group>
  groupmod: /etc/passwd.7097: Permission denied
  groupmod: cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later.

 

Changes

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Cause

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