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Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (5)

Updated: 2010-10-21

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NAME

group - user group file

DESCRIPTION

The /etc/group file is a text file that defines the groups on the system. There is one entry per line, with the following format:

group_name
password:GID:user_list:

The fields are as follows:

group_name
the name of the group.:
password
the (encrypted) group password. If this field is empty, no password is needed.:
GID
the numeric group ID.:
user_list
a list of the usernames that are members of this group, separated by commas.:

FILES

/etc/group

BUGS

As the 4.2BSD initgroups?(3) man page says: No-one seems to keep /etc/group up-to-date.

SEE ALSO

login?(1), newgrp?(1), getgrent?(3), getgrnam?(3), passwd?(5)

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