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cpu - A tool for user and group administration

CPU(8) System Manager's Manual CPU(8)


cpu - A tool for user and group administration




CPU is a tool for user administration, that was initially based on FreeBSD's pw(8). This tool will allow you to administer users and groups on several different backends currently including LDAP and flat files. Please see the website for more information, or help improve the man page.


There are two kinds of options; options for CPU and options for CPU modules. There are only four options for CPU, they are as follows:
-C configfile, --config configfile
The configuration file to be used by CPU. The options in this file are used for CPU modules.
-h, --help
Display help for CPU. If specified in conjunction with the -m option the help for that particular module is displayed.
-M method, --method=method
This is the method of administration. Current options are ldap or passwd (passwd is not yet working). This can be specified in the configuration file.
-V, --version
Display the version of the software.


cpu.conf(5) cpu-ldap(8)


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See TODO file that accompanied software. Please e-mail us with any additional suggestions.
17 February 2003 Debian Sid