Humor me for a moment because I'm aware that this is a terrible idea.
I'm trying to devise a way to reset a user's password each time the computer is rebooted.

So far, I've tried the following to no avail:

  • Make a script to run usermod --password CRYPTEDPASS username
  • Modify the root crontab to run that script @reboot

The other @reboot actions take place, but attempting to reset the user's password doesn't seem to work. When I run the reset script manually, it works just fine.

Is there something I'm missing?
(Is there a better way to do what I'm trying to accomplish?)

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    I just have to ask, what are you using this for? – Darth Android Aug 15 '13 at 16:40

I figured it out!

I had the grand idea to capture the output of the script running at boot.

Turns out it couldn't find the usermod command, so I changed the script to use the full path of /usr/sbin/usermod and now it works fine.

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