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RE: User management


From: Martin, Jason H
Subject: RE: User management
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:21:06 -0700

Are you sure you want to do this with CFEngine instead of via something
like LDAP?

An editfiles block for /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow would probably work.

-Jason Martin

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> Subject: User management
> 
> 
> Is there a standard recommended way to manage the existence 
> of local user accounts on cfengine-managed systems?  I have a 
> deep and abiding need to manage the creation of accounts on a 
> bunch of machines, and it seems the easiest to have cfengine 
> manage all of that hoohah.
> 
> I'm currently running a script like so:
> 
> #!/bin/sh -e
> 
> if ! getent passwd $1; then
>       adduser --disabled-password $1
> fi
> 
> (Debian-specific, but the guts can be modified for any distro 
> you like)
> 
> This *feels* like a dirty hack to me; there has to be a more 
> cfengine way, but I'm not sure which method would be nicest.  
> Any suggestions?  Google
> (surprisingly) didn't give me much love with queries like 
> "cfengine create user" and "cfengine manage users".
> 
> - Matt
> 
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