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Re: updating users only in passwd file


From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: Re: updating users only in passwd file
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 11:45:38 -0500
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On Mon, 29 Dec 2003, address@hidden wrote:

On Monday 29 December 2003 17:04, Ted Zlatanov wrote:
>> 2) cfperl (http://lifelogs.com/cfperl) has specific functionality
>>    to add/delete/change users with the user{add,del,mod} utilities;
>>    I wrote that functionality precisely because I needed what you
>>    describe above.
> 
> Nice :)
> Although, it does not seem to deal with password at all.

That's because some OSs don't support it - for instance Solaris'
useradd/usermod don't modify passwords.  If specifying a password is
the only impediment for you I can look into adding it as an optional
feature to cfperl's users section.

>> You could also use a network directory service such as LDAP or NIS,
>> but I assume you have a reason for locally complete /etc/passwd
>> files.
> 
> NIS = unsecure

Sure.

> LDAP = nss does not work under OpenBSD

That's too bad.  LDAP is really nice if you don't need network
independence.

Ted




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