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Re: Editing fields in /etc/passwd


From: david . nelson
Subject: Re: Editing fields in /etc/passwd
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2005 09:15:45 -0500


Hi Frank,

This looks like a good candidate for this case.

Thanks for the lead,

         /\/elson



Frank Ranner <address@hidden>
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07/31/2005 05:50 AM

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David E. Nelson wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> Looking through 'editfiles', I'm not seeing an easy way to edit a single
> field in /etc/passwd - I need to change the primary group for one
> account.  I can't just replace the entire line since the Gecos and home
> dir aren't consistent across systems.  Any ideas?
>
> It'd be nice if there was an edit command that used a sed-like syntax
> that allowed backreferences.
>
> Thanks,
>      /\/elson
>

Use 'usermod' in a shellcommands section. You could set a class based on
a grep for the old contents, then use that class to trigger the usermod
command.

Regards
Frank Ranner

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