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suggestion for cygutils - usermod (was Re: howto change home path in /etc/passwd)

The below message suggests that maybe we should have a usermod program
in cygwin.  It should probably be in cygutils, I suspect.

Anyone willing to investigate the linux version of usermod and submit it
to cygutils (assuming Chuck agrees)?


On Mon, May 12, 2003 at 10:25:49AM -0400, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
>On Mon, 12 May 2003 wrote:
>> Surlignage Igor Pechtchanski <>:
>> > On Mon, 12 May 2003, sferriol wrote:
>> >
>> > > hello
>> > > is there a command to change the home directory of a user in /etc/passwd
>> > > because ssh sees this file before $HOME and i have always a error.
>> >
>> > Use an editor to edit /etc/passwd (as has been suggested).  Mind the line
>> > endings (I think).
>> no my question is to do this automatically
>> because when the admin has installed cygwin on a computer, it adds users
>> and each users has to define the variable HOME,
>> but if they use ssh, they have to chang /etc/passwd too.
>> i want to create a install file which update automatically /etc/passwd, puts defaults files (bashrc, inputrc,...)
>> i see that there is the mkpasswd command but it doesn't do what i want
>> do you know when /etc/passwd is created???
>> sylvain
>/etc/passwd is normally created (along with /etc/group) when setup runs
>the postinstall script.  The program that actually creates
>the passwd entries is called mkpasswd, and it sets the home directory to
>/home/<username> by default.
>One thing you can do is create symbolic links (or, better yet, user
>mounts) from /home/<username> to that user's $HOME.  That way, you will
>not have to change /etc/passwd at all.

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