> Solaris 2.3. I know I've seen this question asked before, probably on
> this list. How can I write a Perl (or shell, for that matter) script to
> set passwords? See, I'm creating a couple hundred or so users, each with
> different passwords, and I really don't want to do it by hand.
3 basic categories of answer (out of 12 answers total -- you folks are
Category 1: Wrong
These included various schemes for echoing the passwords to passwd from a
Category 2: Expect
Download, compile, and install Tcl and Expect. There's an example called
autopasswd in the examples dir of the Expect distribution which does
exactly what I wanted.
Category 3: Perl functions
There are Perl functions that mimic the C functions for getting and
setting shadow password records, as well as ones that do des encryption.
I went with #2. In retrospect, Perl probably would have been quicker,
since I already had it installed on my system, but I wanted to play with
Expect anyway, and it really is the right tool for the job.
Thanks to everyone who responded.
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