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NEWUSERS(8)									      NEWUSERS(8)

       newusers - update and create new users in batch

       newusers [new_users]

       newusers  reads a file of user name and cleartext password pairs and uses this information
       to update a group of existing users or to create new users.  Each line is in the same for-
       mat as the standard password file (see passwd(5)) with the following exceptions.

       pw_passwd This  field  will  be encrypted and used as the new value of the encrypted pass-

       pw_age	 This field will be ignored for shadow passwords if the user already exists.

       pw_gid	 This field may be the name of an existing group, in which case  the  named  user
		 will  be  added  as a member.	If a non-existent numerical group is given, a new
		 group will be created having this number.

       pw_dir	 This field will be checked for existence as a directory and a new directory with
		 the  same  name  will be created if it does not already exist.  The ownership of
		 the directory will be set to be that of the user being created or updated.

       This command is intended to be used in a large system environment where many accounts  are
       updated at a single time.

       The input file must be protected since it contains unencrypted passwords.

       passwd(1), useradd(8)

       Julianne Frances Haugh (jockgrrl@ix.netcom.com)

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