NEWUSERS(8)                                                        NEWUSERS(8)

       newusers - update and create new users in batch

       newusers [new_users]

       newusers  reads  a  file  of user name and cleartext password pairs and
       uses this information to update a group of existing users or to  create
       new  users.   Each  line is in the same format as the standard password
       file (see passwd(5)) with the following exceptions.

       pw_passwd This field will be encrypted and used as the new value of the
                 encrypted password.

       pw_age    This  field  will be ignored for shadow passwords if the user
                 already exists.

       pw_gid    This field may be the name of an  existing  group,  in  which
                 case  the  named  user  will be added as a member.  If a non-
                 existent numerical group is given, a new group will  be  cre-
                 ated having this number.

       pw_dir    This field will be checked for existence as a directory and a
                 new directory with the same name will be created if  it  does
                 not  already  exist.   The ownership of the directory will be
                 set to be that of the user being created or updated.

       This command is intended to be used in a large system environment where
       many accounts are updated at a single time.

       The  input  file  must be protected since it contains unencrypted pass-

       passwd(1), useradd(8)

       Julianne Frances Haugh (