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Chapter 11. Directory Services > Managing Users and Passwords

11.7. Managing Users and Passwords

The Directory Services equivalent of the passwd file resides under the /users portion of the directory. Although Mac OS X includes /etc/passwd and /etc/master.passwd files, they are consulted only while the system is in single-user mode, or if the system has been reconfigured to use BSD Flat Files (see Section 11.3, earlier in this chapter).

To add a normal user to your system, you should use System PreferencesAccounts. However, if you want to bulk-load NetInfo with many users or create a user while logged in over ssh, you can use dscl or niload.


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