Changing Passwords in a Batch

On a large system, there might be times when a large number of users and their passwords need some attention. The super user can change passwords in a batch by using the chpasswd command, which accepts input as a name/password pair per line in the following form:

$ sudo chpasswd username: password

Passwords can be changed en masse by redirecting a list of name and password pairs to the command. An appropriate shell script can be constructed with the information gleaned from Chapter 15.

However, Ubuntu also provides the newusers command to add users in a batch from a text file. This command also allows a user to be added to a group, and a new directory can be added for the user, too.

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