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pw is the system command used to modify and rebuild /etc/passwd, /etc/master.passwd, and the system user account database generated from those files.

ph34r# pw useradd newuser -d /home/newuser -g wheel

This creates newuser, sets their home directory to /home/newuser, and their group to wheel.

ph34r# pw usermod newuser -G sambausers -s /bin/csh

This modifies newuser by adding sambausers as a secondary group on the account, and setting the default shell to the C shell.

ph34r# pw usershow newuser

This will show all information about the user newuser.

ph34r# pw usermod newuser -s /sbin/nologin

This effectively disables the newuser account for interactive login purposes. (With the shell set to /sbin/nologin, any attempt to log in results in a "This account has been disabled" message followed by immediate closure of the session.)

ph34r# pw userdel newuser

This deletes the newuser account entirely.

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