Jerry D. Pierce
jdp at PacBell.COM
Fri Dec 29 04:42:02 AEST 1989
In article <185 at wrdso.ATT.DSO> hoffman at wrdso.ATT.DSO (Paul Hoffman) writes:
>See if you have a command "/usr/bin/pwconv". On Sys V Rel 3.2.1 & 3.2.2 this
>will rebuild your shadow file to match your password file. The documentation
>warns against directly editing /etc/passwd, but then tells you if you do to
>rerun /etc/pwconv to ensure there is no incompatibility between the two.
>I have been doing this for over a year w/ no trouble.
Great! I'll use pwconv to keep the files clean and kosher, since I
can't un-do shadow passwords...
>If you decide against shadow, the command "/usr/bin/pwunconv" goes back to
>having encrypted password info in /etc/passwd.
Unfortunately, I can't find pwuncov in my Interactive package. Anybody
out there at Interactive care to comment?
I've received a number of e-mail responses to my query about shadow
passwords, and about half of them have experienced problems running
under shadow passwords. (Appears that any programs which try to
access a user password directly from /etc/password don't function
correctly, which does make sense.)
Since a number of packages don't support shadow passwording, I think
that pwunconv SHOULD have been included in the release. (2.0.2)
Thanks to everyone for the assistance!
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