[m-rev.] for review: update new user procedure

Zoltan Somogyi zs at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Mon Nov 24 13:51:20 AEDT 2008

.pdate the instructions for adding new users.

cvs diff: Diffing .
Index: add_new_user.html
RCS file: /home/mercury/mercury1/repository/w3/information/developers/add_new_user.html,v
retrieving revision 1.9
diff -u -b -r1.9 add_new_user.html
--- add_new_user.html	26 Oct 2006 02:10:12 -0000	1.9
+++ add_new_user.html	24 Nov 2008 02:49:50 -0000
@@ -11,7 +11,7 @@
 get the departmental sysadmins to add an account for him/her.
 Create a directory for the new user on /home/mercury.  (You need to
-be root on swordfish to do this).  
+be root on uranus to do this).  
 Our NIS servers are listed in the hosts file, which is in the CVS module
@@ -19,14 +19,17 @@
 Get the new user's existing /etc/passwd entry from a departmental machine,
 and then add it to /etc/passwd
 on the NIS master server (using adduser or useradd to be safe).
-If the NIS master has an /etc/shadow file,
+The new entry should be below the "+::0:0:::" entry
+that divides the password file
+into the local users and the NIS users.
+Make sure that the new user's home directory on our machines is the one
+you created on /home/mercury.
+If the NIS master machine has an /etc/shadow file,
 add the user to that file as well.
 Make sure that the numerical user ids
 are identical to the ones on departmental machines.
-Make sure that the new user's home directory on our machines is the one
-you created on /home/mercury.
 Add the new user to group mercury in /etc/group on the NIS master server
@@ -34,6 +37,12 @@
+If you did not copy an existing encrypted password,
+then set the password for the new user
+by executing "passwd <username>" as root.
 Then execute the following commands as root on the NIS master server to
 update the NIS database.
@@ -43,6 +52,12 @@
+To make sure that the update to the NIS master
+is effective on a particular NIS client,
+restart the NIS daemon on that client.
 Now add a directory on all the /home file systems that we have access to.
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