Subject: Re: Newbie - Setting root password, adding users?
To: David - Foulds <>
From: Daniel R. Risacher <magnus@MIT.EDU>
List: macbsd-general
Date: 05/21/1994 17:42:14
        This puzzled me too - you can't change a password with vipw, because
        you see the encrypted version - but you can delete the password
        completely with vipw (creating an account with no password),
        and then change the password once multiuser with passwd.

        Cheers, David

Two years ago, I wrote a front-end for crypt which would allow you to
enter a password and 'salt' as plaintext and would then tell you what the
encrypted password was.  I used this to change passwords without the above
procedure.  I still have the source, (I think) although minor mods might
be needed for a non-kerberos system; I'm not sure.