The password file contains details of user-IDs and passwords that the Fileshare Server uses when Fileshare Password Security is enabled. Most of the information in the password file is encrypted for security reasons, and so you can only add records to and remove records from the password file using the Password File Maintenance Utility. (User-IDs are not encrypted, allowing an administrator to view a list of valid users by browsing the file.
However, you can add extra security by storing this file in a Secrets vault (see Vault Facility for more information). To use this extra layer of security, use the /uv parameter when starting Fileshare, as detailed in Fileshare Server Configuration Options.
Use the /pf (password file) option to add or remove entries in the password file, for example:
fs /pf pass.dat [options]
This invokes password file maintenance and appends the specified options to the password file pass.dat. If this file does not exist, it is created.
The following options are available:
This erases the record from the password file and is the only way to remove a record once the password file has been created.
The /clp option is used to upgrade password files created using Visual COBOL prior to version 3.0. Upgraded password files can support long usernames and passwords up to 100 characters in length.
fs /pf pass.dat /u pkel /pw fishwife
This example invokes password file maintenance, creates or updates a password file called pass.dat and adds a user-ID of pkel and password of fishwife.
fs /pf pass.dat /clp
This example upgrades a password file that was created using Visual COBOL prior to version 3.0. The upgraded password file now supports long usernames and passwords.