[CentOS] Managing users and passwords

Brunner, Brian T. BBrunner at gai-tronics.com
Thu Mar 24 14:43:22 UTC 2011

centos-bounces at centos.org wrote:
> Kevin -
> When the time comes, I may need help in creating the command that
> excludes the entries in owner, group, password and shadow tables for
> "system" entries. 
> Todd

For starters, copy over the 5.4 files verbatim, and edit the home
directory entries so /home/foo (or whatever they were under 5.4) becomes
/mnt/5.4/home/foo (or however they'll be seen from the 5.5 system).
This will be the value of $HOME and '~' for each user. People who have
used absolute pathnames to their home directory (instead of $HOME or
'~') have to fix their scripts.

As you find time, 5.4 /home directories can be moved to 5.5, and the
password file updated to change /mnt/5.4/home/foo becomes /home/foo

The above blather assumes SELinux is not 'enforcing'.

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