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shellcode 09-03-2004 02:40 AM

/etc/shadow- (notice the dash after the word shadow)

[lithium@ph33r lithium]$ ls /etc/shadow*
/etc/shadow  /etc/shadow-
[lithium@ph33r lithium]$ ls /etc/passwd*
/etc/passwd  /etc/passwd-  /etc/passwd.lock

what is the purpose of the shadow- and the passwd- and passwd.lock files? The data in them differs slightly from the shadow and passwd files (and passwd.lock is just a number). Can i delete these safely.

i've looked through google and read the shadow password howto.


ppuru 09-03-2004 05:54 AM

you can treat them as backup files.

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