How to delete samba user after deleting the corresponding unix user.

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  • The customer wants to delete a samba user (smbuser02). However the customer has already deleted the corresponding unix user, so the samba user cannot be deleted by smbpasswd with the following message:
# smbpasswd -x smbuser02
build_sam_account: smbpasswd database is corrupt!  username smbuser02 with uid 3001 is not in unix passwd database! Failed to find entry for user smbuser02
  • The customer cannot add a user that has uid 3001. Because other unix user has already had uid 3001.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
  • samba-3.6.9-167.el6_5.x86_64

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