Resetting user password in cron

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Jul 17 15:36:03 UTC 2009

Glen Barber <glen.j.barber at> writes:

> On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 8:39 PM, Jos Chrispijn<jos at> wrote:
>> Can someone tell me how I can reset a user's password best in a cron job?
>> If I do a password change from the prompt, I now have to re-enter the
>> password, which I would not like to do in a cron job. Thanks/
> Hi, Jos
> You can use chpass(1) in root's crontab:

And note the '-p' option in particular.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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