PRAYER-ACCOUNTD(8) - man page online | administration and privileged commands

Prayer system account helper daemon.

27 March 2011
PRAYER-ACCOUNTD(8)                    System Manager's Manual                  PRAYER-ACCOUNTD(8)


prayer-accountd — Prayer system account helper daemon


prayer-accountd [--config-file file] [[--config-option name=value] ...] [--enable-fork | --disable-fork]


prayer-accountd is an auxilliary daemon that allows users to perform various tasks with respect to their UNIX system account: · Change passwords · Change their name · Check filesystem quota Furthermore it can help users set up an (Exim-only) .forward file for Spam filtering, vaca‐ tion auto-replies etc. prayer-accountd can be installed on a separate host from the main Prayer services if neces‐ sary. It needs to be able to run passwd(1), chfn(1), and quota(1) for the user, and access users' home directories. prayer-accountd accepts the following command-line options: --config-file file Reads configuration from file instead of the default. --config-option name=value Sets (overrides) the configuration option name to value. Any number of options can be specified in this manner. --enable-fork Fork subprocesses as requests come in. This is the default. --disable-fork Don't fork; process one request in at the time (debug mode).


/etc/prayer/ Default configuration file.


prayer-accountd is rather customized to the needs of the University of Cambridge, though some patches have been applied to the Debian package. System administrators should study the source code to see what this means.


This introductory manual page was put together for Debian by Magnus Holmgren <>.
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