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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       newusers - update and create new users in batch

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       newusers [ new_users ]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       newusers  reads	a  file  of user name and cleartext 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
		 encrpted 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 nonexistent
 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    [Toc]    [Back]

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

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       passwd(1), useradd(8)

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Julianne Frances Haugh (jfh@austin.ibm.com)

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