passwd file and user accounts

Lisa Casey lisa at
Sat Jul 7 15:39:40 UTC 2007


This is probably a stupid question, but I'll ask it anyway...

I have a Red Hat Linux system I need to get rid of. It is currently doing 
e-mail for approximately 700 users and is also doing radius authentication. 
I have setup a new FreeBSD computer to take it's place. I have everything 
setup now on the FreeBSD computer except for the user accounts and 
mailboxes. The mailboxes aren't a problem, I've used tar to move mailboxes 

I suppose I cannot simply copy /etc/passwd, /etc/group and /home from the 
Redhat computer to the FreeBSD computer due to the password hash in 
/etc/passwd. Am I correct on this?  Would it be possible to copy /etc/passwd 
then (before the new system goes "live") reset all the passwords with the 
passwd command? That might be easier than adding in close to 700 accounts 
using adduser.  Does anyone  have a better idea of how I might go about 
doing this?


Lisa Casey

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