su: user root does not exist error

Rod Roark rod at
Mon Mar 18 10:41:42 PST 2002

As I recall this is normal behavior until glibc is installed.

-- Rod

On Monday 18 March 2002 10:27, Jonathan Dahl wrote:
> I have installed the first batch of software and chrooted the $LFS
> partition. However, once I chroot, I can't execute much of anything. A
> su reveals "su: user root does not exist", and a whoami reveals "whoami:
> cannot find username for UID 0". I'm pretty sure my /etc/passwd file is
> ok (root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash). A ls -al shows user and group
> owners as 0 and 0 (probably from running the chown 0.0 command in the
> LFS book).
> Other possible symptoms: when I ls, files are not colored. My personal
> startup files (/root/.bash_profile)  are being read, I think--an echo
> $PATH reveals the proper path.
> Any ideas of what could cause my /etc/passwd file to be improperly
> processed? Could I have installed a package incorrectly? (If so, which
> one?)
> I am using version 3.2 of the LFS book.
> Note: I am not currently subscribed to the mailing list, so please CC
> replies to jonhdahl at
> Thanks in advance,
> Jonathan
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