After creating a user, error shows" Cannot create user that already exists"?


thought I created a user, but it's not there. then creating it, the message Cannot create user that already exists pops up... where is it?

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It is in the passwd file, but no special characters.
no hits in splunkd.log

Was able to fix it tho...removed it via the cli.. then was able to re-add it with the GUI

./splunk remove user "user"

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  1. do you have internal or external authentication?
  2. in case of internal authentication, do you see your user listed in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/passwd file?
  3. does username contain any special characters?
  4. in linux shell run this command (replace "username" with your "lost" username):

    grep "username" $SPLUNK_HOME/var/log/splunk/splunkd.log

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How are you creating the user? UI? Do you've access to file system?

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Adding thru the UI.. And yes-- have access to the linux subsystem

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