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Is there a graphical tool that shows (edits) all users and groups on the system, so that one can avoid editing /etc/passwd and /etc/group directly?

GNOME Settings (gnome-control-center) Users view lets only see desktop users and no groups at all.

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    Have you tried kuser?
    – user232326
    Feb 17, 2020 at 1:43
  • Just right now. Very similar to system-config-users. Feb 17, 2020 at 3:51

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Users and groups (system-config-users)

system-config-users is a tool developed by Red Hat and included in RHEL/CentOS 7.

That is available from the base install, but it not installed by default so you have to manually do a

yum install system-config-users

to have it available.

That will then provide a Users and Groups entry under Sundry within the Applications menu.

Otherwise at the prompt type system-config-users to get this user manager gui to pop up. Under preferences there is a checkbox for hide system users & groups so uncheck that to see everything listed in /etc/passwd within the gui.

RPM-based distros

system-config-users can be found as system-config-users-1.3.5-4.el7.noarch.rpm and can be freely obtained from one of the centos or fedora repositories. And I think this can also obtained via doing

yum groupinstall "Graphical Administration Tools"

And if you are using SuSE then I would use there YAST - users utility.

Archlinux-based distros

There is an AUR package.

Debian-based distros

Ubuntu provides a perl package named gnome-system-tools {which I am not familiar with}

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Programs satisfying the requirements are:

  • Users and Groups (system-config-users), developed by Red Hat, included in RHEL/CentOS 7, has SELinux build dependency, deprecated.[1][2][3]
  • KUser (kuser), developed by KDE project, included in 4.x versions, unmantained.[4]

Mostly identical, after installed they will be accessed under the Users and Groups (KUser) entry under Sundry (System tools) within the Applications menu.

Otherwise at the prompt type their command_name to get the user manager gui to pop up.

Users and Groups (system-config-users)

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Under preferences there is a checkbox for hide system users & groups so uncheck that to see everything listed in /etc/passwd within the gui.

Installation

Archlinux: AUR package

CentOS: available from the base install, but it not installed by default so you have to manually do a

yum install system-config-users

to have it available.

Fedora: system-config-users can be found as system-config-users-1.3.5-4.el7.noarch.rpm and can be freely obtained from one of the centos or fedora repositories. And I think this can also obtained via doing (depending on the version)

yum groupinstall "Graphical Administration Tools"

Suse: I would use there YAST - users utility.

Ubuntu: never packaged it.

KUser (kuser)

KUser

Installation

Archlinux: AUR package.

Other user management tools

They do not show all users/groups:

  • Cockpit, the CentOS 8.x replacement to system-config-users.[5]

  • webmin, more a system management tool for the browser than just an users/groups manager.

  • Users and Groups (gnome-system-tools) lets you see all groups but not all users, while

  • GNOME Settings (gnome-control-center) only users and no groups.

Related questions

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You could try this as a KISS alternative: https://github.com/zhuyaliang/user-admin ("MATE User Manager").

It's on RPM as mate-user-admin. It doesn't seem to be packaged on Ubuntu.

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  • It is the MATE fork of gnome-system-tools. Oct 26, 2021 at 12:01
  • I think it's a clone, not an actual fork of the source code
    – scry
    Nov 1, 2021 at 19:40
  • It seems it has been forked from gnome-system-tools on July 2018. Apr 14 at 9:31

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