MikeL's FreeBSD howto - user/passwd

Changing user info
Don't just go hacking away at /etc/passwd. This may have sufficed in the old days, but not any more. For starters, much of the info here is mirrored in /etc/master.passwd. Further, the data is also now maintained in a database, which can be updated by 'pwd_mkdb'.

However, you don't really need to know all this, simply use vipw any time you wish to change user info. (Use 'man vipw' for more info.)


Renaming a user account
There are several steps to rename a user's account.
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