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Old 07-05-2007, 09:09 AM   #1
sikkalgopal
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creating multiple users


Hi

I am creating multiple users by editing a file say "multiusers" and added such that


user1: password:501:501::/home/user1:/bin/bash
user50: password:550:550:/home/user50:/bin/bash

(Note: no space between : and p)

After saving i gave

#/usr/sbin/newusers multiusers

All users are created,but when i do su -l user1
i got the prompt -bash-3.00$ instead of user1@machinename$. Is there something missed in the file.Please clarify.

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Old 07-05-2007, 10:04 AM   #2
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I've not used this command, but from the man page what you did looks right. (For the user1 line that is -- it looks like you dropped a colon in the user50 line, but I am guessing that was just a typo in your post.) So I don't know what went wrong, but I might be able to point you in the right direction for trouble shooting. The problem is an environmental variable called PS1. By default it's value is \s-\v\$. You can check that easily by:

Code:
#su -l user1
$echo $PS1
This value gives the prompt you are showing. (Look at bash's man page for an explanation of PS1 and how the special characters -- those preceded with a backslash -- are interpreted.) Most distros will use one or more of bash's startup/configuration files to alter this to something nicer. I am talking about files like /etc/profile /etc/bashrc, ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bashrc, and files in /etc/profile.d. You might look through these files and see what is different for the "normal" accounts and the new ones. One thing I would definitely look at is to make sure the files from /etc/skel got copied into the newly created account's home directories.
 
Old 07-06-2007, 12:14 AM   #3
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Hi

Thanks for the reply.Its typo problem .I browsed here in the forum
and found one good program createusers 1.3.4, which is creating multiple users as i expected but with one problem.In that sample file
they provide 5 users user1 to user5.I just checks the tool is working
but in /var/spool/mail directories i found the owner is changed for all the users.Here is the list,

-rw-rw---- 1 test1 mail 0 Jul 5 11:41 user1
-rw-rw---- 1 user1 mail 0 Jul 5 11:41 user2
-rw-rw---- 1 user2 mail 0 Jul 5 11:41 user3
-rw-rw---- 1 user3 mail 0 Jul 5 11:41 user4
-rw-rw---- 1 507 mail 0 Jul 5 11:41 user5

Any thoughts ?

Regards
 
Old 07-06-2007, 06:01 AM   #4
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createusers is a bash script. You should be able to read through it to see what it is doing. There would appear to be either a problem with the script or a problem with the config file.

Are you aware that createusers "also sets up new users' home directories for personal Web space with Apache?"
 
  


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