User management: command line vs GUI tools

Almost all Linux distribution comes with its own set of GUI tools to manage users and groups. For example:
* Red Hat comes with redhat-config-user
* Suse comes with Yast
* Debian Linux and other distro come with users-admin GUI tool set
* FreeBSD with sysinstall
* Solaris comes with Solaris Management Centre (SMC)

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However, I recommend managing user accounts from command line. It offers following benefits over GUI tools:

  • Using commands from command line is faster
  • Automation is possible as per your requirements (use of Perl or shell scripting)
  • If you are going to use LDAP or NIS then command line provides best solution as compare to GUI tools
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1 comment… add one
  • nanker Nov 10, 2013 @ 21:13

    Yeah ok nice opinion. Now why don’t you back it up with a list of example commands to support your assertion that user-grp admin on the cli is the “faster,” “best” solution compared with GUI.

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