— edit the
edits the password file after setting the
appropriate locks, and does any necessary processing after the password file
is unlocked. If the password file is already locked for editing by another
will ask you to try again later. The
default editor for vipw
performs a number of consistency checks on the
password entries, and will not allow a password file with a
“mangled” entry to be installed. If
rejects the new password file, the user is
prompted to re-enter the edit session.
Once the information has been verified, vipw
to update the user
database. This is run in the background and, at very large sites, could take
several minutes. Until this update is completed, the password file is
unavailable for other updates and the new information is not available to
Which type of cipher is used to encrypt the password information depends on the
If the following environment variable exists it will be utilized by
- The editor specified by the string
EDITOR will be invoked instead of the
default editor vi(1).
- Current password file.
- Legacy password file.
- Password lock file.
- Insecure password database file.
- Secure password database file.
command appeared in