renaming user account?

Polytropon freebsd at
Wed Mar 18 14:36:48 PDT 2009

On Wed, 18 Mar 2009 12:25:06 -0400, Bill Moran <wmoran at> wrote:
> However, the canonical way to do this is using the pw command.  pw will
> sanity check all your changes to ensure you don't end up with a groups
> file that doesn't match your master.password, etc.

There *may* be one additional thing you would have to take
care of manually: If you change the user's name, and still
some of his files contain the old name (e. g. in paths where
/home/oldname is used instead of ~ or $HOME), you still have
to change this manually.

You can use tools like the Midnight Commander, function Meta-?,
to search files for the old user name (or use find + grep).

Eventually, check system's mail aliases file, if you had this
user setup to receive mail (e. g. from night jobs).

> It's somewhat better suited for use in scripts than use by humans.


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