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Old 03-30-2006, 06:42 AM   #1
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Expired user maintenance


Hello,
I was wondering if anyone has created a script (or can provide me with some guidelines/resources) to do the following:

1. Display the date in which a user account expires.
2. Send an email to all users that their account is about to expire.
3. Automatically remove expired accounts.

Thanks
 
Old 03-30-2006, 08:27 AM   #2
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Sounds like homework
 
Old 03-31-2006, 02:47 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by grpprod
Hello,
I was wondering if anyone has created a script (or can provide me with some guidelines/resources) to do the following:

1. Display the date in which a user account expires.
chage -l <username>

Quote:
Originally Posted by grpprod
2. Send an email to all users that their account is about to expire.
using something like (untested):
Code:
for i in `awk -F: '{print $1}' /etc/passwd`; do

done
combined with the chage above and some date manipulation
should get you the alerts :)

Quote:
Originally Posted by grpprod
3. Automatically remove expired accounts.
That's a BAD idea. I'd suggest that you use a similar
method to the above and then notify the admin. Just think
about it - if people have shell accounts, and store data
(that may in some instance be of importance to the company)
you don't want to automatically delete it just because the
author is gone.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 04-02-2006, 04:46 AM   #4
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Thank you for your reply. Indeed this is a good starting point that has helped me a lot. One minor issue: is it possible to pass the derived variables to the e-mail that will go to the expired user? I mean, having something like this inside the main script:

Quote:
PASSWORD_AGE=.....
/usr/sbin/sendmail $1\@mydomain.com < expireMessage.txt
and inside expireMessage.txt:

Quote:
Subject:...
Your password is about to expire in $PASSWORD_AGE days.
 
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Not if you define it as an external plain old text-file.

You have two possible alternatives:
1.) Make the expiryMessage a script in its own right, and invoke
it via
expiryMessage $1 $2 | sendmail ...
or
2.) you make the message part of the main-script as a HERE-document
sendmail <<MESSAGE
Your password is about to expire in $PASSWORD_AGE days.
MESSAGE


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