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Posted by:Phylum
Subject:Kismet will not start: getpwuid() failed error (on Gentoo)
Date:19:43:51 21/03/2006

> > Will drop privs to <user> (uid-N) gid N
>
> I assume this is you hiding the real information?
>
>
> > Dropped prives to <user> (uid-N) gid N
> > Allowing clients to fetch WEP keys.
> > ERROR: Could not explode home directory path, getpwuid() failed.
>
> Something is set up wrong in your system. Either the user is made incorrectly, or you have permissions problems somewhere. This is a libc internal error, getpwuid should never fail.
>
> Check permissions on your fs root, if those are wrong you're going to have nothing but grief.
>
> -m

Yea I was hiding information ;) not that it really matters.
I had to `cd ~ ; chmod 755 . ; chmod 755 ..` to correct the problem.

Thank you kindly for looking into this. Kismet is running and I've been listening to my network for a good hour; now I need to familiarize myself with Kismet, Ethereal, weplab and tcpdump.

J


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