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Date:      	Sun, 12 Mar 1995 09:17:54 -0800 (PST)
From:      Tom Samplonius <>
To:        James Robinson <>
Subject:   Re: Adding Users?
Message-ID:  <>
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On Sun, 12 Mar 1995, James Robinson wrote:

> >   /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...

  I believe that ls, etc use /etc/pwd.db not /etc/passwd.


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