[olug] Scripting

Vincent vraffensberger at home.com
Sat Nov 18 07:09:03 UTC 2000

Andrew Embury wrote:
> I'm scripting a system where about 3k users will get added/deleted to a
> RedHat 6.2 system several times a week.
> Right now I have a perl script that just uses system() to shell out to the
> useradd command, and then passwd to set the password.  This works fine,
> but is painfully slow.  I think I might need to generate the passwd and
> shadow file manually using crypt() or something.  Can someone provide an
> overview of how this works on RedHat and any problems I might run into?
> For example,
> How do I tell if /etc/shadow is using MD5 passwords? What problems are PAM
> going to cause me? Can I remove shadow passwords somehow from the system
> and just use standard unix passwords?  (I dont need them in this system,
> all accounts are ftp only).
> Thanks for the help.
> _Drew
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Take a look at pdadduser:


I've used it quite a bit and there's no trouble with MD5 shadow
passwords or any pam issues.

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