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UNIX and LINUX Computing Journal: User Management Tools

Jan 29, 2000, 17:54 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you maintain a UNIXish system of any sort, you will invariably have to add and/or delete user accounts, even if you have a home system. In extremely large organizations, you may employ tools such as NIS+ for network based user management, however, in smaller scale systems, accounts are most likely controlled at each system."

"This column will take a look at single account management from the command line using inherent tools to most UNIX Operating Systems. First a general overview of the tools followed by an example of adding, modifying then removing a pretend user. This column will not cover group management. That will be addressed in a later column."

"There are many user management tools available both in GUI and TUI form available, it is my feeling (and preference) that the command line tools provided are much more terse and succinct in comparison."

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