[K12OSN] group password

Peter Hartmann ascensiontech at gmail.com
Thu Jun 8 17:57:21 UTC 2006

Thanks Martin!  Now if  I could only get it to work.   Whatever I do I get this:

usage: chpasswd [-e]

man chpasswd has this:

       The input file must be protected if it contains unencrypted passwords.

So I tried chmodding my input file to 600.....no good.  i'm not sure
how to encrypt a passwod with the command line so I changed one of my
users with webmin and copied the encryped pw into my input file with
"find and replace"   With that file i tried the command with the -e
switch.....no good.  What the heck am i doing wrong?


On 6/8/06, Martin Woolley <sysadmin at handsworth.bham.sch.uk> wrote:
> On Wednesday 07 Jun 2006 19:10, Peter Hartmann wrote:
> > I'm looking for a way to set a login password for a group of users.  I
> > need to change this password often and I'm getting tired of doing it
> > manually.  I've tried setting a password for the group that these
> > users belong to in Webmin and setting a user in the group to 'no
> > password required' but the having the group password set has no
> > apparent effect on the login process and the user isn't required to
> > enter a pw.   Is there a way to do this?
> One method could be setup a file with a bunch of uname:passwd entries and then
> do a man chpasswd.
> --
> Regards
> Martin Woolley
> ICT Support
> Handsworth Grammar School
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