how do I rename a user in FreeBSD 2.2.5 on linux i just go and change his
name in /etc/passwd and maybe even in /etc/shadowpasswd and thats it.
Use 'vipw' to maintain the passwd databases and their shadows
but in Freebsd the name is also saved in that non-human-readable database
is there any use in that except for security by obscurity? (which history
has shown doesn't work anyway) and how do i get around it ?
Yes there is use in using shadow passwd databases. Are you saying that
cracking DES is trivial? (Not a dictionary attack on user passwords, but
the cipher itself.)
To get around it just don't even install DES or the like to begin with.
I don't recommend it. Security is a puzzle. You don't want to give away
any pieces if you can help it.
Keeping passwords in the clear certainly is not recommended.
another problem is that i can't change a users home directory. if i change
it to something different and log in i'm sent to "/". changing the password
of that user overwrites my changes that i made to /etc/passwd and
/etc/master.passwd and replaces the home directory entry with the old one.
To change a password use the 'passwd' command.
last but not least ... is there a way to search the old digests of the
You can search the archives. The link is under documentation at