lat-users - The lazy administrator's tool to add user accounts


Creates or deletes user accounts on Mitel's SME servers (5.x/6.x). This tool is functionally equivalent to the 'User accounts' option in the server-manager, but can be run from the command line or called from an other script. It allows you, for example, to create a large number of accounts in a batch process, or delete accounts on a remote machine via an ssh console.

See /usr/doc/lazy-admin-tools/example.users for the format of the input file.


lat-tools -a [-p] -c ``user | first | last | password | department | company | street | city | tel | forward | email | uid | group1 [| group..]''

lat-users -a [-p] -i /path/to/users.list

lat-users -d [-f] -c ``user''

lat-users -d [-f] -i /path/to/users.list


The following options are supported:

-a, --add
Add a user account to the server.

-c ``Arguments'', --command-line=``Arguments''
Take arguments from the command line. See the 'Arguments' section below for the various arguments that are accepted.

-d, --delete
Delete a user account from the server. Wildcards (* and ?) are accepted.

-f, --force
Don't prompt before deleting.

-h, --help
Extended help for this tool

-i=FILE, --input-file=FILE
Use the information from FILE to create or delete the user accounts. See /usr/doc/lazy-admin-tools for an example of an input file.

-p, --passwords
Generate random passwords for the users and write them to ./ If a password was supplied, this option will be ignored.


   user*      - Must contain only lower-case letters, numbers,
                hyphens, periods and underscores, and should start
                with a lower-case letter. Wildcards (* and ?) can
                only be used to delete users.
   first*     - First name
   last*      - Last name
   password   - Password for the user (in clear-text!)
   department - Department
   company    - Company
   street     - Street name and number
   city       - Zip & City
   tel        - Telephone number
   forward    - E-mail delivery: 'local', 'forward' or 'both'
   email      - Forwarding e-mail adres
   uid        - User ID. If omitted, a suitable uid will be generated.
   group(s)   - Group name(s) to which the user should be added. If the 
                group doesn't exist, it will be created.
   * mandatory field


lat-users -a -c ``harry | Harry | Potter | Quidditch''

Creates user 'harry' from the command line, with password 'Quidditch'.

lat-users -a -i /root/users.list

Uses the arguments specified in /root/users.list to create user accounts. Please refer to /usr/doc/lazy-admin-tools/example.users for an example of an input file.

lat-users -d -f -c ``user*''

Deletes all user accounts that start with 'user'. All users and their files will be deleted without prompting (-f).

lat-users -a -p -i /root/users.list

Creates user accounts as defined in /root/users.list and generates a random password for each user. The names and passwords are written to ./

lat-users -a -c ``ron | Ron | Weasley ||||||||| 6005''

Creates user 'ron' with user ID 6005. All other fields (company, departments, etc.) are left empty.

lat-users -a -c ``ron | Ron | Weasley |||||||||| quiddich | dada ''

Creates user 'ron' and assigns him to groups quiddich and dada. If any of these groups doesn't exist, it will be created.


lat-group(8), lat-pseudonyms(8), lat-ibays(8), lat-quota(8), lat-domains(8), lat-hosts(8), lat-procmail(8), lat-pptp(8), lat-dump(8)


Version 0.9.0 (2004-09-08). The latest version is hosted at


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Please report bugs to <Bugs@Altiplano.Be>