Adding Users

Paul Richards.des_64 paul at
Mon Jul 31 12:42:18 BST 2000

Steve Greenshaw wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just got a 3.4 server up and running to act as a mail server for over 8000
> users. Previously this was a 2.2.5 server and I had a script that allowed me to
> take the contents of a file and add users from that, one line at a time,
> automatically. Each user is on one line as:
> username|realname|password
> However, the '-batch' option has been removed from 'adduser' and I can't get my
> script to work. Although I can add all the users using a script and 'pw', I
> cannot set passwords (?) and would have to also run 'passwd'.
> Does anyone know of / have a utility for adding users 'in bulk'?

Take a look at the 'pw' command, it's addition to the system is what
prompted the removal of the adduser -batch command.


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