group with large number of users won't show anymore

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)

Situation

A group which consists of a large number of users, to the point that the line in the /etc/group file is more than 580 characters is no longer effective.
Also file permissions will be affected and user cannot access files which depend upon that group membership.
If the size of the group line is decreased (e.g. removing user) and is less than 580 characters, the problem doesn't exist.

id <username> will show every group the user is member of, except the one with >580 characters (a large number of members or a large username in the group exceeding 580 characters).

Resolution

The glibc update to glibc-2.11.3-17.90.4 released October 2015 includes the patch to resolve this problem. Please install the recommended update.

Cause

If the entry is too large, nss_files getent returns unsuccessful and doesn't reread the entry.

Additional Information


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  • Document ID:7016865
  • Creation Date: 24-Sep-2015
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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