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Add A New User To A Group

Add a new user called vivek to a group called vsftp, enter:

# useradd -G vsftp -d /data/home/v/vivek -m vivek
# passwd vivek


  • -G vsftp : Add vivek to secondary group called vsftp. This group must exists on the system.
  • -d /data/home/v/vivek : Path to the vivek’s home directory
  • -m : Create the new user’s home directory if it does not already exist.
  • vivek : Username / login nane

UNIX Add Existing User To A Secondary Group

Use usermod command to modify a user’s login definition on the system including group membership. For, example add user vivek to sales group, enter:

# usermod -G sales vivek

Add user tom to sales but also keep his existing membership of ftpusers, enter:

# usermod -G ftpusers,sales tom

UNIX Add Existing User To A Primary Group

Add jerry to sales primary group and change its existing group membership:

# usermod -g sales jerry