root passwd change permission denied

Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM
Error Message:

# passwd root
New Password:
Re-enter new Password:
Permission denied
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#grep passwd /etc/nsswitch.conf
passwd: files nis
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Use the below syntax to change the password

# passwd -r files
passwd: Changing password for root
New Password:
Re-enter new Password:
passwd: password successfully changed for root
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