FastCGI Perl, NGNIX, insserv and “This account is currently not available.”
Posted by vonnagy on Mar 05 2020, in kraxn
I have local perl script that runs on FastCGI. Recently my Ubuntu machine died and I have been systematically reinstalling the old scripts. This script came from the following tuturial: https://nginxlibrary.com/perl-fastcgi/
Unfortunately, I got stuck when it got to this part:
There do not seem to be any more packages for insserv:
sudo apt-get install insserv Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package insserv
by jumping heading and trying to start init.d without it, it got this error:
sudo /etc/init.d/perl-fcgi start This account is currently not available.
Looking around I found the solution was modifiying the etc/passwd file. While I am not sure if this kosher for live production website, it worked for me:
Unfortunately when I got to the "/etc/init.d/perl-fcgi start" step, I ran into the same problem, i.e. "This account is currently not available.". I temporarily worked around it by changing the www-data's shell in /etc/passwd from "/usr/sbin/nologin" to "/usr/bash", and although that allowed me to serve Perl webpages..
In my case I commented out the www-data user like so and everything worked.
#www-data:x:33:33:www-data:/var/www:/usr/sbin/nologin # added this as to get local fcgi to work with nginx www-data:x:33:33:www-data:/var/www:/bin/bash