Subject: passwd in /etc/group
To: None <>
From: George Georgalis <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 04/11/2006 17:27:38
Can anyone point me to documentation (or source) regarding
passwords in the /etc/group file. I'm most interested in a
standard on what's expected there and how/when it might be used.
eg, what might be the consequence of a null passwd field in the
group file?

     The passwd field is an optional encrypted password.  This
     field is rarely used and an asterisk is normally placed in it
     rather than leaving it blank.

That, from group(5) is the *only* mention I can find.

// George

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