Posted on 2000-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
I have some unix machine and I would like my user to logon on any station. I have create accounts on unixstaion1 and now how do I let users to logon to unixstation2.

I tried to copy  below user entry from uinxstaion1 to unixstation2 but it did't work I m not sure that if I need to compile passwd ??

Question by:raza
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ID: 2756659
this is correct one

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The "x" in the password field means you're using a shadow password file (/etc/shadow); You need to copy the entry for raza into this file AND ensure the userid (1359) is unique on unixstation2 AND ensure the /etc/group files are the same AND create a home directory for raza on unixstation2 (Unless you are NFS mounting /export/home across to unixstation2).

IMO, you should consider setting NIS up so you only have one password file to maintain and shared home directories.

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It is not really necessary to copy over the /etc/shadow file.
You can first remove the 'x' from the /etc/passwd file and then you can run pwconv and then set a password for the user.
pwconv does the following if there is no line for the user in /etc/shadow :

Entries that are in the  /etc/passwd file and  not in  the /etc/shadow  file  will  be  added to the /etc/shadow file.

This command can only be used if you have superuser priviledges and you have to make sure that the 'x' is not in /etc/passwd. If the 'x' is already in /etc/passwd then pwconv thinks that there is already a password set for that specific user in /etc/shadow.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Are you still there, raza? If so, would you like to accept one of the comments as an answer (depending on which method you used)?

Cheers, Tim

Author Comment

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well, I got my problem solved somehow.... but I do got some idea from your comment so you may have the points...

One question I still do have that how do I let my user to cange unix password from windows without doing telnet?

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you may perpose an answer message
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tfewster earned 50 total points
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Glad to hear its working - I'll have a look at the password changing question.

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