checkPasswdAccess - Linux


checkPasswdAccess verifies whether a user has sufficient password access permissions. Typically used in shell scripts and system administration tasks to ensure proper access controls.


checkPasswdAccess [-h] [-q] [-u USER] [-p PASSWORD] [-t] [-d] [-s]


  • -h, –help: Display help information and exit.
  • -q, –quiet: Suppress output; only return a numerical status code.
  • -u, –user USER: Specify username to check. Default: current user.
  • -p, –password PASSWORD: Password to use. Default: prompt for password.
  • -t, –test: Test password without echoing.
  • -d, –display: Display password instead of prompting.
  • -s, –status: Only return the numerical status code.


Check password access for the current user:


Check password access for a specific user:

checkPasswdAccess -u username

Test password without echoing:

checkPasswdAccess -t -p mypassword

Common Issues

  • Ensure that the user exists before checking access.
  • User may be locked or expired, preventing access.
  • Password may be incorrect or not provided.


  • Combine with sudo to restrict access to privileged commands.
  • Use grep to parse and filter output for specific results.
  • Integrate into scripts for automated password verification.

Related Commands

  • passwd: Change user password.
  • sudo: Execute commands with elevated privileges.
  • pwck: Check password database for errors.