FreeBSD Add a User To Wheel Group Command

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How do I add a user to the wheel group in FreeBSD unix operating systems using command line options?

[donotprint][/donotprint]You need to use the pw command line utility for adding, modifying and removing users and groups on a FreeBSD operating systems. You must be root user to modify system configuration including pw command.

Add existing user called vivek to the wheel group

The syntax is:

pw group mod {GROUP-NAME-HERE} -m {USERNAME-HERE}
pw group mod wheel -m vivek

If the user named vivek already exists add her to the wheel group.

Add new user called sai while creating a new account

The syntax is:

pw user add {USERNAME-HERE} -G {GROUP-NAME-HERE}
pw user add sai -G wheel

The above command creates the sai primary group automatically, and add a user in the wheel group when her account is first created on a FreeBSD unix operating systems.

How do I verify new group membership on a FreeBSD?

The syntax is:

pw groupshow {GROUP-NAME-HERE}
pw groupshow wheel
pw groupshow sai
pw groupshow vivek
## Determine Group Membership Of sai and vivek Users ##
id sai
id vivek

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