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adduser.conf - adduser(8) configuration file

 

NAME

      adduser.conf - adduser(8) configuration file
 

DESCRIPTION

      The /etc/adduser.conf file is automatically generated by the adduser(8)
      utility when invoked with the -C command-line option.  It is not meant to
      be edited by hand.
 
      The /etc/adduser.conf file is used to pre-set certain configuration
      options for the adduser(8) utility.  When adduser(8) is invoked, it will
      check to see if this file exists, and if so, the configuration will be
      used or offered as the default settings.  The adduser.conf file offers
      three types of configuration:
 
            Default settings offered by adduser(8).  These options are specified
          in the configuration file and offered as the default during every
          invocation of the adduser(8) utility.
 
            Configuration options which can be set in adduser.conf, but overrid‐
          den by passing a flag to adduser(8).
 
            Configuration supported by adduser(8) but not offered by a flag or
          during initial invocation.
 
      In the first case, these options can be set in adduser.conf but will
      still be offered when adduser(8) is invoked.  In the second case,
      adduser(8) will read the configuration data unless a flag has been passed
      to override it.  For example, the defaultshell option.  In the third
      case, the configuration will be utilized, but the user will never be
      prompted to modify the default setting by either a flag or an adduser(8)
      prompt.  For example, the upwexpire setting.
 
      The following configuration options can be set in adduser.conf:
 
            defaultLgroup  The default group new users will be added to.
 
            defaultclass   The default class to place users in as described in
                           login.conf(5).
 
            defaultgroups  This option is used to specify what other groups the
                           new account should be added to.
 
            passwdtype     May be one of no, none, random, or yes, as described
                           in adduser(8).  As such, the text is not duplicated
                           here and may be read in adduser(8).
 
            homeprefix     The default home directory prefix, usually /home.
 
            defaultshell   The user’s default shell which may be any of the
                           shells listed in shells(5).
 
            udotdir        Defines the location of the default shell and envi‐
                           ronment configuration files.
 
            msgfile        Location of the default new user message file.  This
                           message will be sent to all new users if specified
                           here or at the adduser(8) prompt.
 
            disableflag    The default message enclosed in brackets for the
                           lock account prompt.
 
            upwexpire      The default password expiration time.  Format of the
                           date is either a UNIX time in decimal, or a date in
                           dd-mmm-yy[yy] format, where dd is the day, mmm is
                           the month in either numeric or alphabetic format,
                           and yy[yy] is either a two or four digit year.  This
                           option also accepts a relative date in the form of
                           n[mhdwoy] where n is a decimal, octal (leading 0) or
                           hexadecimal (leading 0x) digit followed by the num‐
                           ber of Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months or Years
                           from the current date at which the expiration time
                           is to be set.
 
            uexpire        The default account expire time.  The format is sim‐
                           ilar to the upwexpire option.
 
            ugecos         The default information to be held in the GECOS
                           field of /etc/master.passwd.
 
            uidstart       The default user ID setting.  This must be a number
                           above 1000 and fewer than 65534.
 

EXAMPLES

      The following is an example adduser.conf file created with the -C
      adduser(8) flag and modified.
 
            # Configuration file for adduser(8).
            # NOTE: only *some* variables are saved.
            # Last Modified on Fri Mar 30 14:04:05 EST 2004.
 
            defaultLgroup=
            defaultclass=
            defaultgroups=
            passwdtype=yes
            homeprefix=/home
            defaultshell=/bin/csh
            udotdir=/usr/share/skel
            msgfile=/etc/adduser.msg
            disableflag=
            upwexpire=91d # Expire passwords 91 days after creation.
      group(5), passwd(5), adduser(8), pw(8), rmuser(8)
 

HISTORY

      The adduser.conf manual page first appeared in FreeBSD 5.3.
 

BUGS

      The internal variables documented here may change without notice.  Do not
      rely on them.  To modify this file invoke adduser(8) with the -C option
      instead.
 

AUTHORS

      This manual page was written by Tom Rhodes 〈trhodes@FreeBSD.org〉.
 

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