I am working on setting up a Ubuntu system for a class project. I am trying to show how to check for existing users. My ubuntu has no /etc/users. Waht does it use instead of /etc/users?

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    I've never heard of a system that has /etc/users; where did you see it? Oct 17, 2012 at 20:39

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Regardleslly of how/where the users accounts are stored, you can view them with

getent passwd

/etc/passwd, which is the file that all Unix distributions use.



You can use cat /etc/passwd to view its contents.

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