[lug] Newbie admin question

John Hernandez John.Hernandez at noaa.gov
Wed Mar 21 10:00:39 MST 2001

Sure, editing /etc/passwd (and shadow, too!) is fine.  I like /usr/sbin/vipw.  You won't need to chown anything if you don't alter the UID (3rd column in /etc/passwd).

Glenn Murray wrote:
> How do you change the name of a user?
> Can you do it naively be editing /etc/passwd and changing file
> ownerships, or is this a Bad Idea?  Must you start over with a new
> user name?
> Glenn Murray
> www.mines.edu/~glenn/public_html/Welcome.html
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