What is a 'system account file'?

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 11 12:23:10 UTC 2010

Detlef Lechner wrote:

> Hi,
> man usermod: "DESCRIPTION: The usermod command modifies the system
> account files to reflect the changes that are specified on the command
> line." 
> What is a 'system account file'?

There's three, as pertaining to users, generally:

/etc/passwd	user configuration
/etc/groups	group configuration
/etc/shadow	user passwords
/etc/gshadow	secure group configuration

There's more info here:

Avi Greenbury
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