May 26, 2018

Manipulate passwd and group entries

UnixPasswdFile can be used to read and manipulate entries in Unix system password files /etc/passwd, /etc/group, /etc/group, /etc/gshadow but can also be told to search in custom location, for testing purposes.

This module uses a procedural non-OO interface. Each function in this module open and read the passwd files once. Read-only functions like list_users and get_max_gid open in read-only mode. Functions that might write to the files like add_user or delete_group first lock passwd.lock file, open in read+write mode and also read the files in the first pass, then seek to the beginning and write back the files.

No caching is done so you should do your own if you need to.

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