Nicolas Blais nb_root at
Tue Oct 4 18:42:18 PDT 2005

On October 4, 2005 09:36 pm, sulie halim wrote:
> Hi there,
> i am new to freebsd, and now working as an
> administrator of my college system, which using
> freebsd. my question is, if i have 50 users in the
> systems, how can i view all their usernames and
> passwords? this because i always have problems of them
> forgot thier passwords, and they can't log in to the
> systems. until now, what i did was, delete their
> usernames, and create new ones because i didn't know
> what their passwords either. so any other alternative?
> help me. Thanks.

You can't view their passwords unless you (or they) saved them in a database 
(which you (they) should really NOT). 

To change a user's passwod without making a new account, use the 'passwd' 
command as root:

[nicblais] ~> su
[root] /home/nicblais# passwd freakuser
Changing local password for freakuser
New Password:
Retype New Password:


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