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mkuser.default File


Contains the default attributes for new users.


The /usr/lib/security/mkuser.default file contains the default attributes for new users. This file is an ASCII file that contains user stanzas. These stanzas have attribute default values for users created by the mkuser command. Each attribute has the Attribute=Value form. If an attribute has a value of $USER, the mkuser command substitutes the name of the user. The end of each attribute pair and stanza is marked by a new-line character.

There are two stanzas, user and admin, that can contain all defined attributes except the id and admin attributes. The mkuser command generates a unique id attribute. The admin attribute depends on whether the -a flag is used with the mkuser command.

For a list of the possible user attributes, see the chuser command.


Access Control: If read (r) access is not granted to all users, members of the security group should be given read (r) access. This command should grant write (w) access only to the root user.


A typical user stanza looks like the following:

   pgroup = staff
   groups = staff
   shell = /usr/bin/ksh
   home = /home/$USER
   auth1 = SYSTEM

Implementation Specifics

This file is part of Base Operating System (BOS) Runtime.


/usr/lib/security/mkuser.default Specifies the path to the file.

Related Information

The chuser command, mkuser command.

Security Administration in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices.

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