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VIPW(8)                     System Manager's Manual                    VIPW(8)



NAME
       vipw - edit the password file

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/etc/vipw

DESCRIPTION
       vipw  edits  the password file while setting the appropriate locks, and
       does any necessary processing after the password file is unlocked.   If
       the password file is already being edited, then you will be told to try
       again later.  The vi(1) editor will  be  used  unless  the  environment
       variable VISUAL or EDITOR indicates an alternate editor.

       vipw  performs a number of consistency checks on the password entry for
       root, and will not allow a password file with a "mangled" root entry to
       be  installed.  It also checks the /etc/shells file to verify the login
       shell for root.

FILES
       /etc/ptmp
       /etc/shells

SEE ALSO
       passwd(1), vi(1), passwd(5), adduser(8)



                               9 September 1987                        VIPW(8)