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How do I change the UID of a user on Unix
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by:sunnycoder
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Hello jdenver47,

 usermod  -u  

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sunnycoder
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omarfarid earned 500 total points
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if you want to change the user id (the number then use

usermod -u new_uid login_name

If you want to change the user login name then use

usermod -i new_login_name login_name (this is current user login name)

OR

you may edit the /etc/passwd /etc/group and /etc/shadow files and do the required changes (which you should do carefully)
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by:jdenver47
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I have tried this but the user have some of the processes running and also he is accesing the NFS mounts..
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by:sunnycoder
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From the man page
>You must make certain that the named user is not executing any processes when this command is being executed if the user's numerical user ID is being changed.<
You need to ask the user to logout.
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by:omarfarid
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why do you need to change the user id?
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by:jdenver47
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We have set up an NFS mount and the mount is shared between Linix and AIX. The mount has an application which switches the users from one system to another. Both the systems have same user's. So one user wants to communicate with other, Its a fundamental thing that they need to have same UID and GID. But both are different
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by:ckozloski
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vipw
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by:jdenver47
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Does Anyone has a script to do this...
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by:sunnycoder
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Its a single command but you have to log off the user.
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by:ckozloski
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if you use vipw, that will allow you to mid god and hid for whatever user you have on the box. You shouldn't need a script.
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