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Top Forums UNIX for Advanced & Expert Users Changing permissions of a user Post 22418 by thehoghunter on Monday 3rd of June 2002 02:11:06 PM
Old 06-03-2002
Okay, to get the OS - post the output of the uname -a command.
(check the man page before doing anything anyone tells you to do - just so you know they didn't get you to kill something ;-)

% uname -a

Is there a command userconf? Not on my servers - I searched the forums and found it posted one other time as an answer but it didn't note what the OS was. Since we don't know what you are running yet, hard to say. Each UNIX version is different - when I went from Solaris to AIX (only for 4 months) I was blown away by what did not work anymore (commands that SUN added to their software - mostly for administration).

It sounds like you are looking to be able to change files so check out the following man pages for your system -
% man id
% man who
% man chmod
% man chown

Make sure if you start changing ownership and permissions that it isn't going to
1. Make your system unsecure.
2. Break an application or server because joeuser now owns all the files.

If you need more info, post back
thehoghunter
 

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GSHADOW(5)						   File Formats and Conversions 						GSHADOW(5)

NAME
gshadow - shadowed group file DESCRIPTION
/etc/gshadow contains the shadowed information for group accounts. This file must not be readable by regular users if password security is to be maintained. Each line of this file contains the following colon-separated fields: group name It must be a valid group name, which exist on the system. encrypted password Refer to crypt(3) for details on how this string is interpreted. If the password field contains some string that is not a valid result of crypt(3), for instance ! or *, users will not be able to use a unix password to access the group (but group members do not need the password). The password is used when a user who is not a member of the group wants to gain the permissions of this group (see newgrp(1)). This field may be empty, in which case only the group members can gain the group permissions. A password field which starts with an exclamation mark means that the password is locked. The remaining characters on the line represent the password field before the password was locked. This password supersedes any password specified in /etc/group. administrators It must be a comma-separated list of user names. Administrators can change the password or the members of the group. Administrators also have the same permissions as the members (see below). members It must be a comma-separated list of user names. Members can access the group without being prompted for a password. You should use the same list of users as in /etc/group. FILES
/etc/group Group account information. /etc/gshadow Secure group account information. SEE ALSO
gpasswd(5), group(5), grpck(8), grpconv(8), newgrp(1). shadow-utils 4.5 01/25/2018 GSHADOW(5)

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