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 useradd(1M)							 useradd(1M)

      useradd - add a new user login to the system

      useradd [-u uid [-o] ] [-g group] [-G group [, group...]] [-d dir]
	   [-s shell] [-c comment] [-m [-k skel_dir]] [-f inactive]
	   [-e expire]	login

      useradd -D [-g group] [-b base_dir] [-f inactive] [-e expire]

      The useradd command creates a user login on the system by adding the
      appropriate entry to the /etc/passwd file and any security files,
      modifying the /etc/group file as necessary, creating a home directory,
      and copying the appropriate default files into the home directory.
      The new login remains locked until the passwd (see passwd(1)) command
      is invoked.

    New Behavior
      login will not be added to the primary group entry in the /etc/group
      file, even if the primary group is specified in the command line.
      However, the  login is added to the corresponding supplemental group
      in /etc/group file.

      The useradd command supports the following options:

	   -u uid	  Specifies the UID for the new user.  uid must be a
			  non-negative decimal integer less than MAXUID as
			  it is defined in the <param.h> header file.  uid
			  defaults to the next available unique number above
			  the maximum currently assigned number.  UIDs from
			  0-99 are reserved.

	   -o		  Allows the UID to be non-unique (i.e., a

	   -g group	  Specifies the integer group ID or character string
			  name of an existing group.  This defines the
			  primary group membership of the new login.  The
			  default for this option can be reset by invoking
			  useradd -D -g group.

	   -G group	  Specifies the integer group ID or character string
			  name of an existing group.  This defines the
			  supplemental group memberships of the new login.
			  Multiple groups may be specified as a comma
			  separated list.  Duplicates within group with the
			  -g and -G options are ignored.

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	   -d dir	  Specifies the home directory of the new login.  It
			  defaults to base_dir/login, where login is the new
			  login and base_dir is the base directory for new
			  login home directories.

	   -s shell	  Specifies the full pathname of the new login
			  shell.  The default is an empty field, which
			  causes the system to use /sbin/sh as the login
			  shell.  The value of shell must be a valid
			  executable file.

	   -c comment	  Specifies the comment field present in the
			  /etc/passwd entry for this login.  This can be any
			  text string.	A short description of the new login
			  is suggested for this field.

	   -m		  Creates the home directory for the new login if it
			  does not exist.  If the home directory exists, the
			  directory must have read and execute permission by
			  group, where group is the primary group of the new

	   -k skel_dir	  Specifies the skeleton directory that contains
			  information that can be copied to the new login's
			  home directory.  This directory must exist.  The
			  system provides a skeleton directory, /etc/skel,
			  that can be used for this purpose.

	   -f inactive	  Specifies the maximum number of days of continuous
			  inactivity of the login before the login is
			  declared invalid.  Normal values are positive
			  integers, while a value of -1 defeats this status.

	   -e expire	  Specifies the date on which this login can no
			  longer be used.  After expire, no user will be
			  able to access this login.  This option is used to
			  create temporary logins.  expire, which is a date,
			  may be typed in any format, except a Julian date.
			  For example, a date may be entered in either of
			  the following formats:

			       July 13, 1993

			  A value of '''' defeats the expired date status.

	   -D		  Manages the defaults for various options.  When
			  useradd is invoked with this option only, the
			  default values for group, base_dir, skel_dir,
			  shell, inactive, and expire are displayed.
			  Invoking useradd with this option and other

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			  allowed options sets the default values for those

	   -b base_dir	  Specifies the default base directory for the
			  system.  If -d dir is not specified, base_dir is
			  concatenated with the new login name to define the
			  path of the new home directory.  base_dir must

      The useradd command may be used with the login argument, where login
      is the new login name, specified as a string of printable characters.
      It may not contain a colon (:) or a newline (\n).

      Unless enhanced security is installed (see pwconv(1M)), the -e and -f
      options are not supported and will return an error.

    Networking Features
      This command is aware of NIS user and group entries.  Only local users
      and groups may be modified with this command.  Attempts to modify an
      NIS user or group will result in an error.  NIS users and groups must
      be administered from the NIS server.  NIS users are checked when
      verifying uniqueness of the new UID or new user name, which may result
      in the error

	   login x not unique

      (return value 9), or the error

	   UID # is not unique (when -o is not used)

      (return value 4) even though the user or UID is not present in the
      local /etc/passwd file.  The error

	   Cannot modify /etc/group file, /etc/passwd was modified

      (return value 10) is returned if a group specified with either the -g
      option or the -G option is an NIS group (see group(4)).

      Errors may occur with the -m or -k options if the indicated directory
      is within an NFS mounted file system that does not allow root
      privileges across the NFS mount, and the directory or files within the
      directory do not have sufficient permissions.

      useradd exits with one of the following values:

	   0	Successful completion.

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	   2	Invalid command syntax.

	   3	Invalid argument supplied to an option.

	   4	uid is not unique (when -o is not used).

	   6	The group specified with the -g option does not exist.

	   9	login is not unique.

	   10	Cannot modify the /etc/group file.  The login was added to
		the /etc/passwd file, but not to the /etc/group file.

	   12	Unable to create the home directory (while using the -m
		option) or unable to complete the copy of skel_dir to the
		new home directory.

	   13	Unable to open /etc/ptmp file or /etc/default file, or
		/etc/passwd file is non-existent.

	   14	/etc/passwd, or /etc/ptmp, or /etc/default file busy.
		Another command may be modifying the /etc/passwd file.

	   16	Cannot add the entry into the /etc/passwd file.

      Add the user otto to the system with all of the default attributes.

	   useradd otto

      Add the user otto to the system with a UID of 222 and a primary group
      of staff.

	   useradd -u 222 -g staff otto

      List the defaults for the primary group, base directory, inactivity
      timeout, and skeleton directory.

	   useradd -D

      Change the default primary group to staff.

	   useradd -D -g staff

      A directory can be shared between the users belonging to the same
      group.  If the home directory is in the unshared mode and a new user
      is allocated to that directory then it will be put into the shared
      mode by setting the permissions of that directory to 775 (i.e.
      includes the write permissions to the group as well).  Also, the
      directory which will be shared should have read and execute

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      permissions for the group. Otherwise, useradd will report an error.

      As many users may try to write the /etc/passwd file simultaneously, a
      passwd locking mechanism was deviced.  If this locking fails after
      subsequent retrying, useradd terminates.

      A group entry in the /etc/group file can have maximum of LINE_MAX
      bytes.  If a user is added to a group that has reached LINE_MAX limit,
      another entry of the same group is created to which the new user is
      added.  A warning message is also issued.


      passwd(1), users(1), groupadd(1M), groupdel(1M), groupmod(1M),
      logins(1M), userdel(1M), usermod(1M), group(4).

      useradd: SVID3

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