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FAQ 8.14 How do I modify the shadow password file on a Unix system?


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8.14: How do I modify the shadow password file on a Unix system?

    If perl was installed correctly and your shadow library was written
    properly, the getpw*() functions described in perlfunc should in theory
    provide (read-only) access to entries in the shadow password file. To
    change the file, make a new shadow password file (the format varies from
    system to system--see passwd for specifics) and use pwd_mkdb(8) to
    install it (see pwd_mkdb for more details).

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