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RE: ./whatever /etc/shadow /etc/passwd

by kryten (Scribe)
on Apr 26, 2000 at 12:27 UTC ( #9195=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to ./whatever /etc/shadow /etc/passwd

This one has been bugging me for a while now.
It seems to just print out the contents of the files passed in, after spliting them up and putting them together again in a slightly odder way.
What is it for?

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RE: RE: ./whatever /etc/shadow /etc/passwd
by ZZamboni (Curate) on Apr 27, 2000 at 22:21 UTC
    It is for merging the contents of /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow on a system with shadow passwords (like Solaris). It inserts the encrypted password from /etc/shadow into its proper place and prints the result.

    It could be useful for generating a full password file that you could use with Crack, for example.

    I'm not sure why the title has the "" as a third argument. I don't see how that gets used.

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