non-shadow password file locking ?

non-shadow password file locking ?

Post by Dr. Ty Youn » Wed, 09 Feb 2000 04:00:00



We need to find a way to 'lock' /var/yp/passwd (a non-shadowed NIS
passwd file) while our sysadmins edit it, so that changes made by one
person to /var/yp/passwd won't be inadvertently wiped out by another
user's changes.

To my knowledge, vipw wants to lock both a passwd file (i.e.,
/etc/passwd) AND its sinister, shadow-y brother (/etc/shadow), so I
don't think vipw is an option for us.

If you have any suggestions of how to get around this problem, please
reply to this message. Thanks!

-Ty

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