edit the password file
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
will ask you to try
again later. The default editor for
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,
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 programs.
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
- Current password file.
- Legacy password file.
- Password lock file.
- Insecure password database file.
- Secure password database file.
command appeared in