> Does anyone know of a script that will take a bunch of names and create user accounts; I have over
> 300 people to give accounts to (we are not swapping files or running NIS for security reasons) and I
> don't relish the thought of doing this by hand; also is there a decent fast way to generate random
Take a look at newusers from J F Haugh's shadow password suite.
It takes a file in /etc/passwd format as input, with the passwords
unencrypted, and generates users from it.
Also available is an HTML form at
which will automate some of the job, but it will be no good for you
unless you know Swedish.
A binary of newusers for Solaris is available from
and probably many other places.