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GROUP(5)			    Linux Programmer's Manual				 GROUP(5)

NAME
       group - user group file

DESCRIPTION
       The  /etc/group	file  is a text file that defines the groups on the system.  There is one
       entry per line, with the following format:

	      group_name:password:GID:user_list

       The fields are as follows:

       group_name  the name of the group.

       password    the (encrypted) group password.  If	this  field  is  empty,  no  password  is
		   needed.

       GID	   the numeric group ID.

       user_list   a list of the usernames that are members of this group, separated by commas.

FILES
       /etc/group

BUGS
       As the 4.2BSD initgroups(3) man page says: No-one seems to keep /etc/group up-to-date.

SEE ALSO
       login(1), newgrp(1), getgrent(3), getgrnam(3), passwd(5)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.55 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux					    2010-10-21					 GROUP(5)
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