Subject: Re: Root password
To: Vuorikoski Veikko <>
From: Allen Briggs <>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 04/15/1994 14:19:08 writes:
> root:<pass>:0:1:GECOS info:/dirpath:/shell
> The uid/gid files are before the GECOS field.

That's the /etc/passwd format, but <pass> is '*' and there is another
file: /etc/master.passwd that contains something like the following:

root:<pass>:0:0::0:0:Charlie &:/root:/bin/csh

	login id
	classification (unused, empty)
	passwd change time
	passwd expire time
	home directory
	login shell

The two are kept in sync by using vipw to edit the file, or pwd_mkdb
to resync to master.passwd.


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