How can I automatically find important files???

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Old 04-17-2002
How can I automatically find important files???

how can I automatically check if important files exist in a directory and if not, automatically put the important files where they are needed

say, I want to put .bashrc and a dozen other important files like it into every user's directory, how can I do this??? how do I check every user's account to see if they have specific files??

and one more thing, how can I edit my profile file so that I dont have to put ./ in front of my script files??? I mean, how do I make it possible to just type the script file name and then have the system run the file right away

I did this before but I can't remember.
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Old 04-17-2002
I will answer the last question first.

You can add that directory to your root PATH or your user's PATH in the .profile.

Regarding the other questions. Put your files in directory, probably under /etc somewhere, since they are config files, say /etc/configfiles. Then use a for loop to test and copy with.

for name in `ls /home/*` # backtics
cd /home/$name
.... var1=`ls -l file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 |wc -l` # to only search for the files you want.
... if $var1 -eq n # where n is the number of files that should be there
... ... then exit
... ... else cp /etc/configmyfiles/* /home/$name/ # where $name is the user's home directory
... fi

I only put the ... in for neatness.
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Old 04-17-2002

and one more thing, how can I edit my profile file so that I dont have to put ./ in front of my script files??? I mean, how do I make it possible to just type the script file name and then have the system run the file right away

edit your profile file and add the "." to the PATH

export $PATH

(but it's insecure).
If you want to copy especific configuration files when you add
a new user, in some unix you have a skeleton directory (for
example in Solaris is /etc/skel _see useradd man page_) and when you create a new user those files are copied to the home directory (see the apropiate man page of user creation in your unix flavor).

1- create a dir and put into the files you wish to copy

2- create a copy script like
for i in *
  if [ "$i" != "" ]
     cut -d: -f6 /etc/passwd |sort -u |while read dir
        if [ ! -f $dir/$i ]
           echo "cp -p $i $dir"

3- chmod 0750


4- if the script display that you wish to do, replace the line
echo "cp -p $i $dir"
for the line
cp -p $i $dir

In the previus reply I remember the Common phrase:
make what I say but no what I make.

added code tags for readability --oombera

Last edited by oombera; 02-18-2004 at 04:59 PM..
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Old 04-18-2002

I think that TRUEST wanted to also manage these files to make sure they STAY in the users' home directories as well as when he creates new users. You also have to take into account that the user will have other files in their home dirs. So, you must specifically check for the files in question.

That's why I included a line to check for them as well by name and quantity.

BTW, it is also good to let them write the script and not give it all away. They will never learn if we give them the answers.

Outlines are good but not actual full blown code, even though I did kinda the same thing.

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Old 04-18-2002
OK. Regards. hugo.
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