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How expiration dates in the shadow file really work

tl;dr: Accounts expire as soon as UTC reaches the expiration date. In today‘s installment of my classic shame-inducing series “UNIX basics for UNIX professionals”, I want to talk about account (and password) expiration in /etc/shadow on Linux. The expiration time … Continue reading

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What does the slash in crontab(5) actually do?

That’s a bit of a stupid question. Of course you know what the slash in crontab(5) does, everyone knows what it does. I sure know what it does, because I’ve been a UNIX and Linux guy for almost 20 years. … Continue reading

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