GROUP(5)                                                   Linux Programmer's Manual                                                  GROUP(5)

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)

COLOPHON

       This  page is part of release 3.35 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the project, and information about reporting bugs,
       can be found at http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/.
 

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