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Date:      Sun, 12 Mar 1995 12:08:24 -0500 (EST)
From:      James Robinson <>
To: (Tom Samplonius)
Subject:   Re: Adding Users?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Tom Samplonius" at Mar 11, 95 11:17:33 pm

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>   /etc/passwd is useless.  It exists only for compatibility reasons.  
> /etc/master.passwd contains the real info, but is only used to rebuild the
> binary database.  So use vipw to edit the password file.  This will lock
> all the necessary files, and do a proper rebuild of the databases after 
> editing.

Well, isn't useless a bit harsh of a term? /etc/passwd is still read for things
like "finger", "ls -l", "chown", etc...

All the things that regular processes need to do wrt/user names, uid's, etc.
need to have a password file that they can read -- just not the passwd entry


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