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Notes and resources re administering a Linux system: moving users from an old installation to a new installation.


Subject: Re: [expert] system upgrade -- moving users
   Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 00:55:38 -0500
   From: Pierre Fortin <pfortin@pfortin.com>
     To: expert@linux-mandrake.com

> I'm setting up a new server for my mail-web-file server setup.
> While I'm not worried about recreating configuration files for most 
> servers, I don't know what to do with the users home directories and 
> password files.  Will it work if I simply add the contents of the old 
> password file to password file on the new machine ?? ( only user names 
> of course ). Do I need to worry about shadow passwords in this case ??
> any advice will be appreciated.

I had the same problem when upgrading.  In addition, a previous distro
competed with uids/gids in the 500 range; so I changed all my users to
start at 555.  Now, when upgrading, I create ONLY an "installer" userid,
then copy over all the /etc/{passwd,shadow,group} stuff in the 555+ range
(users only) and voila!

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  • () RandyKramer - 02 Jul 2002
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