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Old 07-20-2010, 12:28 AM   #1
rahulchandrak
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change password of a user using usermod command


Hi I am trying to change the password of a user by 'usermod' command. let us assume that there is a user named "test" to change the password of the user we can type "passwd test" which will change the password of the user "test". I want to change the password similarly using the command "usermod". when I give usermod -p yahoo test"(yahoo is the password which I want to set), I am not getting any errors but when I switch user to test, I am unable to login.
 
Old 07-20-2010, 12:35 AM   #2
Wim Sturkenboom
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from man usermod
Code:
       -p passwd
              The encrypted password, as returned by crypt(3).
So yahoo in your example is the encrypted password, not the clear password. Up to you to reverse engineer it If you check /etc/shadow, you should see yahoo in there if I'm right.
 
  


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