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Intermittent sudo failure - SuSE 10

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http://serverfault.com – We have a longstanding production issue where cron on certain servers periodically report the following error- sudo: uid NNN does not exist in the passwd file! The user does exist, in fact it is the userid of the cron user. There are 7 jobs in that user's crontab, in the format * * * * * sudo /run/this/every_minute 0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * sudo /run/this/every_5mins 10,40 * * * * sudo /run/this/every_30mins ... 0 11 * * 6 sudo /run/this/once_per_week The every_5mins job sometimes modifies /etc/passwd, but in an atomic fashion. It never touches the userid in question, and (HowTos)