Safer than editing

Utilities for changing AIX configuration files

From the developerWorks archives

Anthony English

Date archived: December 19, 2016 | First published: November 01, 2011

Editing a critical system file such as /etc/passwd can be tempting, but if something goes wrong, your system can become unusable. The IBM® AIX® operating system provides several commands and System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) menus to help you manage system files without having to edit them directly. Built-in AIX commands can also check syntax before updating critical files, offering you extra protection for files you can't afford to lose.

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