User and Group Management

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User and Group Management

Creating User Accounts

Master the user creation command, useradd, to add new user accounts. Specify parameters such as username, user ID, home directory, and default shell to tailor the account to specific needs. Understand the -m option to create the user’s home directory.

Setting Passwords

Use the passwd command to set passwords for user accounts. This step ensures the security of user accounts by enforcing password protection.

Modifying User Accounts

Learn the usermod command to modify existing user accounts. This includes changing the username, user ID, home directory, shell, or other attributes associated with the account.

Deleting User Accounts

Understand the userdel command to delete user accounts when they are no longer needed. Optionally, use the -r option to remove the user’s home directory along with the account.

Creating Groups

Use the groupadd command to create new groups. Assign a group ID and add users to the group during creation, or use gpasswd to add users to an existing group.

Modifying Groups

Use the groupmod command to modify existing groups. This includes changing the group name or group ID, and ensuring the group configuration aligns with system requirements.

Deleting Groups

Understand the groupdel command to remove groups that are no longer necessary. Ensure that no users are associated with the group before deletion.

Managing User Memberships

Use the usermod and gpasswd commands to add or remove users from groups. This flexibility allows efficient management of user memberships based on changing requirements.

Understanding User and Group Files

Explore configuration files such as /etc/passwd for user account information, /etc/shadow for encrypted passwords, and /etc/group for group information. Understanding these files helps in manual configuration if needed.

Sudo and Administrative Privileges

Recognize the significance of sudo in Linux for granting administrative privileges. Learn to add users to the sudo group using the usermod command, allowing them to execute commands with elevated permissions.

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