newusers



NEWUSERS(8)                                                        NEWUSERS(8)




NAME

       newusers - update and create new users in batch


SYNOPSIS

       newusers [new_users]


DESCRIPTION

       newusers reads a file of user name and clear-text password pairs and
       uses this information to update a group of existing users or to create
       new users. Each line is in the same format as the standard password
       file (see passwd(5)) with the following exceptions:

       pw_passwd
              This field will be encrypted and used as the new value of the
              encrypted password.

       pw_age This field will be ignored for shadow passwords if the user
              already exists.

       pw_gid This field may be the name of an existing group, in which case
              the named user will be added as a member. If a non-existent
              numerical group is given, a new group will be created having
              this number.

       pw_dir This field will be checked for existence as a directory and a
              new directory with the same name will be created if it does not
              already exist. The ownership of the directory will be set to be
              that of the user being created or updated.

       This command is intended to be used in a large system environment where
       many accounts are updated at a single time.


CAVEATS

       The input file must be protected since it contains unencrypted
       passwords.


SEE ALSO

       passwd(1), useradd(8)


AUTHOR

       Julianne Frances Haugh (jockgrrl@ix.netcom.com)



                                  08/03/2005                       NEWUSERS(8)

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