Question about a sentence in shadow instructions

Matthew Burgess matthew at
Tue May 30 11:17:48 PDT 2006

Chris Staub wrote:
> There shouldn't be any need to "reset" passwords since pwconv and pwunconv 
> take whatever password is stored in /etc/{passwd,shadow} and convert it. 
> Or am I not understanding what that means?

I must confess, I don't actually understand what it means either. 
However, trac shows it's been in the book for a long time (it only goes 
back to r3228 (2004)).  I think it can just be pulled, unless someone 
with a proper understanding of what it's trying to get at can shed some 



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