OT: Linux passwd/shadow files

Scott Silva ssilva at SGVWATER.COM
Mon Jan 31 20:08:24 GMT 2005

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Rodney Green wrote:
> Rodney Green wrote:
>> Denis Beauchemin wrote:
>>> Rodney Green wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> Is it possible to copy the passwd and shadow passwd files from one
>>>> Linux
>>>> machine to another to duplicate the user accounts from one server on
>>>> the
>>>> other? It's something I haven't done before and was wondering if it
>>>> would just work. I need to setup a temp mail server so I can work on
>>>> the
>>>> production mail server without interrupting service.
>>> Rod,
>>> Sure can do.  But make sure the 2 boxes have the same Linux release
>>> because some accounts do change from time to time.
>>> I'd also recommend rebooting the server after swapping the passwd/shadow
>>> files... just in case...
>>> Denis
>> Thanks Denis! Both machines have the same Linux release so I'm good to
>> go with that. This will be a lot easier than having to setup all of the
>> accounts on the temp server.
>> Rod
> Denis,
> I copied the shadow and the passwd files, just those two files, to the
> temp server and rebooted. I wasn't able to logon after that. I ran the
> Red Hat rescue and restored the original passwd and shadow files and can
> now logon again. Were there other files that needed to be copied too?
> Thanks again,
> Rod
I using Redhat or Fedora, you might need the group files also. Redhat
creates a new group by default with each new user.

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