addgroup - Adds a new group interactively
If you have enhanced security installed on your system,
you should use the dxaccounts program to add a group. See
Security and the dxaccounts(8) reference page for more
The addgroup command is an interactive program for adding
new groups to the /etc/group file. The program prompts
you for specific information and informs you of its activity
and error conditions.
Only the superuser can execute this command.
The program performs the following tasks: Queries for a
new group name. The default can be chosen by pressing the
Return key, which will cause the program to exit without
adding a new group. Enter the new group name, 8 characters
or less, or Return to exit. If the new group entered
already exists in the /etc/group file, the program informs
you of this and cycles back to the query for a new group
name. If the new group entered does not already exist,
the program continues. Queries for a group number (GID)
for the new group. A default GID, which is based on previously
existing GID's in the /etc/group file, is displayed
and can be selected by pressing the Return key.
Enter a new GID or accept the default. If the new GID
entered already exists in the /etc/group file, the program
informs you of this and cycles back to the query for a new
group number (GID). If the new GID entered does not
already exist in the /etc/group file, the program uses
this GID and adds the new group to the /etc/group file.
At this point, the program ends.
This interface has been superseded by the groupadd command-line
interface, and the Account Manager (dxaccounts)
graphical user interface.
The group name is limited to eight characters.
Enter a new group name or <Return> to exit: newgroup Enter
a new group number :
Specifies the command path. Group file Lock file
Commands: adduser(8), dxaccounts(8), groupadd(8),
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