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Re: [vox-tech] What is the command line for user manager?
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Re: [vox-tech] What is the command line for user manager?

Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org> writes:
> begin: Ehrhart, Jay <ehrhart@ycoe.org> quote
> > I have an Intergate box running BSD Unix.  I want to administer the user
> > accounts.  What is the command to let me see the user accounts
> vi /etc/passwd    :)

That will work, but it should not be used to change entries.  Use vipw
to change the password file.  Since he only wants to see the list of
users, `view` or `less /etc/password` fits better.  Here's the FreeBSD
man page on vipw:


Why use vipw? vi does not lock the password file, and other superusers
may edit and corrupt your password file concurrently.  If it's just you,
there's no worry, but it's a good habit to be in if you ever do admin
work with others.


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