Re: shadow passwords?


Henry Spencer (mnetor!utzoo!henry@uunet.uu.net)
11 Nov 88 16:58:53 GMT


In article <In article <4871@pdn.UUCP> In article <4871@pdn.UUCP> larry@pdn.UUCP (0000-Larry Swift) writes:
>You still haven't explained what use /etc/passwd is, especially if the
>passwords in it are unusable!

The slightly-misleadingly-named /etc/passwd file also contains the
mapping between login name and internal user number, some information
about the group(s) the user belongs to, the name of his home directory,
the name of his command interpreter, etc. It's the central "user database"
for the system.

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