How to validate password of local users with unix_chkpwd

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  • My password is correct, yet I got unix_chkpwd[1234]: password check failed for user (USERNAME)


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Local users, whose password stored in /etc/shadow

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