Coda File System

Re: User and group databases?

From: Jan Harkes <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 12:11:06 -0500
On Thu, Jan 20, 2000 at 12:27:07AM -0800, Quinn Weaver wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm having some troubles setting up groups.coda and user.coda.  I can't
> seem to find their file format explained anywhere.  The man pages are missing
> (as are their converted HTML equivalents).  Can somebody help me out here?

We are not using the groups.coda and user.coda files (since 5.0.0 or
something). Use the pdbtool to add/remove users. If you really want to
edit an /etc/passwd style file, the pdbtool has export and import
commands to dump and read a similar fileformat. But you probably
shouldn't simply import an existing /etc/passwd because you'll lose the
System:Administrators etc. groups.

> By the way, as I've read through the Coda documentation, I've found a number
> of little inconsistencies:  various references to groups_coda and user_coda
> as opposed to groups.coda and user.coda respectively, references to pwd2pdb
> instead of, and the like.  I would like to help bring the
> documentation up to date.  Is there something I can do?  Should I submit
> these problems on the bug report page?  I really appreciate having this
> good software at my disposal, so I'd like to help out.

The `Coda user and system administration manual' is seriously out of
date on many points. The more up-to-date reference is probably the
Coda-HOWTO, although that one is still missing sections on backups and
user administration.

> I look forward to setting up a production Coda system here (and then
> finally getting back to writing code. ;^) )

I hope that if you set up a production system, you won't have to get
stuck debugging code :)

Received on 2000-01-20 12:12:58