list all unix accounts and groups on a system

Posted on 2006-04-07
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Could someone please provide me with the syntax for retrieving all unix accounts and groups on a system? - Thanks!
Question by:sikyala
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arthurjb earned 1000 total points
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This really depends on how the accounts are being stored.

If you are using just the files the command is;  
cat /etc/passwd
cat /etc/group

If you are using nis then the command is;    
ypcat passwd
ypcat group

If you are using nis+ then the command is;  
niscat passwd.org_dir
niscat group.org_dir

Many systems use a combination of storage methods, so a machine may have accounts using both files and nis or nis+.

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ID: 16402091
This worked great. Thanks!

If you are using just the files the command is;  
cat /etc/passwd
cat /etc/group

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