[rescue] Adminning and the CLI (was: rescue Digest, Vol 83, Issue 18)

gsm at mendelson.com gsm at mendelson.com
Thu Oct 22 09:41:22 CDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 10:30:09AM -0400, nate at portents.com wrote:
>Of course this statistical reality in the distribution of the workforce
>also feeds back into the economics of developing interfaces...

It also allows for a manufacturer/packager to change the way something is

For example, the various ways of storing userids, passwords, names, etc
across different Unix systems (or even Linux distributions). Compare
a point and click user add screen (or a text one) to the various 
useradd/adduser scripts to editing /etc/passw, /etc/shadow directly then
adding them to LDAP, KERBEROS, smbpasswd, afppasswd and so on.

 From what I remember there were three different ways of storing user informatio
n in MacOS, the original, changed in 10.4 and then again in 10.5, but I
think 10.6 is the same as 10.5.


Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Jerusalem, Israel gsm at mendelson.com  N3OWJ/4X1GM

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