Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
On Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 09:57:22PM +0100, Erik Norgaard wrote:
Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
        I can't see how to prescribe periodic passwd change,
only how to set expiry time. At the moment I put the following
line in the root's crontab:

2 2 2 * * pw usermod shterenl -p "`date '+\%d-\%m-\%Y'`"

This makes a user's passwd expire once a month.

Is there a better way to force users change their passwds periodically?
You can set it in login.conf, when the password is updated the next expire is automatically set.

I checked login.conf. It seems that passwordtime option has no effect.
I did a brief search and found many postings describing the same problem:
many options from login.conf have no effect. Perhaps these are the
"RESERVED CAPABILITIES' as they are called in the man page. Some people
list a patch that supposedly fixes the problem, but I'm not sure if it
applies to 6.2-prerelease thatI'm running.

did you remember to cap_mkdb after? from the man page:

"Whenever changes to this, or the user's ~/.login_conf, file are made, the modifications will not be picked up until cap_mkdb(1) is used to compile the file into a database."

Cheers, Erik

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