Using Linux DES Passwords On A FreeBSD System

These aren't comprehensive notes for migrating from Linux to FreeBSD. (Not yet, anyway.) They document a specific problem I needed to solve: using hashed DES passwords generated on a Linux 2.0.30 system on a FreeBSD 4.4-RELEASE #0 system, which is set up to use passwords hashed with MD5. I hope this helps someone else. Note that the same procedure probably applies if you need to use passwords from an oldish BSD system on a newish BSD system, but YMMV.

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