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Old 11-30-2001
Password slashes.

Hi everyone! Smilie

I've been asked to write an article breaking down the basics of UNIX password information etc., and I've come across something in which I cannot find a definition for within Google.

Very simply, can anyone tell me what the difference is between a standard UNIX password, and one that contains a "/" ?

An example password:

9FDv/CqdFuqWo

Thanks in advance,

hellz.
# 2  
Old 11-30-2001
That is the encrypted version of a user's password. The / character is just part of the encrypted string. It has no special meaning.
# 3  
Old 11-30-2001
Ah I see...

Thanks for the speedy response. The reason I asked is because I'm so used to seeing passwords without slashes in them.

I hope you guys don't mind, but I might have a lot of questions soon. I'll be moving over to FreeBSD just after Christmas, from Windows because quite frankly, I've really had enough of M$ products and the lame security on them.

At least with UNIX, security is a lot more flexible. However, FBSD will be the first distro I've ever run so if I come crying back, please be gentle Smilie I'll RTFM first though before asking anything Smilie

Anyway, thanks again mate Smilie

hellz.
# 4  
Old 11-30-2001
Re: Ah I see...

Quote:
Originally posted by hellz
I'll RTFM first though before asking anything Smilie
Heck, you already know the hardest part about Unix! You'll do just fine...
# 5  
Old 11-30-2001
Hehe, thanks mate! Last thing I wanna do is to bug anyone with stupid questions lol. Gives me an excuse to sharpen up with Perl too Smilie

hellz.
 

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