password failure- after mergmaster

Peter Boosten peter at
Tue Jul 10 03:26:42 UTC 2007

David Kelly wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 01:29:44PM -0700, Chuck Swiger wrote:
>> On Jul 9, 2007, at 1:25 PM, Peter Boosten wrote:
>>> Having read this I must admit that it's a complete mystery to me why
>>> mergemaster would touch your password file at all...
>> Because sometimes new versions of the OS come with new built-in user  
>> accounts, which need to be added to the existing passwd or groups  
>> databases somehow?
> Yes, exactly. Have to *merge* the changes into /etc/master.passwd rather
> than brute force overwrite.

Thanks David, that's indeed my point: FreeBSD comes packed with tools,
among them are tools to create (or to delete) user accounts. Those tools
can easily be scripted.


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