RHCSA 8, Exam Practice Question 1 (User & Group Management)

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Add 3 users: harry, natasha, tom. The requirements: The Additional group of the two users: harry, Natasha is the admin group. The user: tom’s login shell should be non-interactive.

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1. Verify if the group admin exist, if it doesn’t exist, create the group

In my lab, it doesn’t exist, so, to create the admin group, use the command,

[root@lab02 ~]# groupadd admin

[root@lab02 ~]#
[root@lab02 ~]# cat /etc/group |grep admin


[root@lab02 ~]#

2. Add the users, harry and Natasha first.

[root@lab02 ~]# useradd -G admin harry

[root@lab02 ~]#
[root@lab02 ~]# useradd -G admin Natasha

[root@lab02 ~]#

3. verify that the users are added to the admin group

[root@lab02 ~]# id harry

uid=1011(harry) gid=1014(harry) groups=1014(harry),1013(admin)
[root@lab02 ~]# id Natasha

uid=1012(Natasha) gid=1015(Natasha) groups=1015(Natasha),1013(admin)

[root@lab02 ~]#

4. create the user tom with a non interactive shell

[root@lab02 ~]# useradd -s /sbin/nologin/ tom

[root@lab02 ~]#

5. Verify the user, tom’s shell

[root@lab02 ~]# cat /etc/passwd |grep tom

[root@lab02 ~]#

if you try to login with the user, tom. you will be denied because there is no login shell for tom

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Solution Summary

groupadd admin

cat /etc/group |grep admin

useradd -G admin harry

useradd -G admin Natasha

id harry

id Natasha

useradd -s /sbin/nologin/ tom

cat /etc/passwd |grep tom

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  1. if you add tom with the below command;

    [root@lab02 ~]# useradd -s /sbin/nologin/ tom

    you will get this error below

    su: failed to execute /sbin/nologin/: Not a directory

    correct comma is [root@lab02 ~]# ‘useradd -s /sbin/nologin tom’ without the / after nologin coz it makes it a directory and not a shell

    • When you use tab completion, it’s most likely it add /, and that shouldn’t even be a problem. I wouldn’t know why your system is throwing that error, what Linux distribution and version are you using. Well, the most important thing is that you were able to get pass it and do what works for you. That’s the spirit. Great!!!

  2. To create users harry and natasha:
    useradd harry && useradd natasha
    To add harry and natasha to the admin group:
    usermod -G admin natasha && usermod -G admin harry
    To create tom as a non-interactive user:
    useradd -s /sbin/nologin tom

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