Subject: Re: default passwd.conf file
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 04/13/2002 16:55:59
"Jeremy C. Reed" <> writes:
> Sounds good to use md5 by default.
> What about making it the default for pw_getconf(3)

That's fine _in addition_ if no one objects -- probably a good idea.

> instead? (And not
> having a /etc/passwd.conf in place by default.)

That isn't. The file itself is good documentation -- sysadmins will
look at it and say "ooh, what does that do?" and read the man page. I
didn't even realize it existed for a long time, because there wasn't a
default one and I had no idea that there was a man page to read.

Perry E. Metzger
NetBSD: The right OS for your embedded design.