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Old 05-29-2005, 10:20 AM   #1
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How can I change a user's uid and gid?


I want to change the only usual user (not root) on my Debian/GNU
How could I do that will take less risk effecting my installed software?
Is it enough that only change the file /etc/passwd ?
 
Old 05-29-2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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Use the usermod command.

man usermod
 
Old 05-31-2005, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: How can I change a user's uid and gid?

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Originally posted by homesp
I want to change the only usual user (not root) on my Debian/GNU
How could I do that will take less risk effecting my installed software?
Is it enough that only change the file /etc/passwd ?
If you're changing the numbers that identify a user and group, you will have to use the find command to change any files/directories with the old id numbers.....Plus you will need to edit the /etc/group file to change the gid number.....

To do this you will need to remember the old uid/gid numbers, then after making changes in the /etc/passwd file for the user id number, and the /etc/group file for the group id number, find and change any files/directories like so (as root to avoid possible error messages):

Changing user name
find / -uid <old uid number> -exec chown <new uid number or name> {} \;

Changing group name
find / -gid <old gid number> -exec chgrp <new gid number or name> {} \;


Of course, if you're only changing the user and group names without changing the uid/gid numbers, then you only need to make the changes in /etc/passwd and /etc/group and not worry about find any file or directories..........

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