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I did a upgrade to FreeBSD 9 a few weeks ago and just started using it, and when I try and create a new user, I get the follow:

pw: user 'todd' disappeared during update
adduser: ERROR: There was an error adding user (todd).

I first noticed this issue when trying to install postfix and got a similar error.

Anyone know what this is or how to fix it without a complete re-install?

Some people have suggested shutting down the nscd daemon, but that doesn't fix the problem.

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Did you try to regenerate your password database with vipw? Some people reported this error, when /etc/passwd and /etc/master.passwd got out of sync

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Thank you so much!! This fixed the problem. – Roger Gilbrat Feb 29 '12 at 18:49
Thanks #arved =) – Justin Nov 10 '13 at 4:27

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