Collection of Posix tools wrappers.

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Gael Colas


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linux sysadmin helper


Compress-nxArchive Expand-nxArchive Compare-nxMode Get-nxChildItem Get-nxItem Set-nxGroupOwnership Set-nxMode Set-nxOwner Get-nxDistributionInfo Get-nxKernelInfo Get-nxLinuxStandardBaseRelease Add-nxLocalGroupMember Add-nxLocalUserToGroup Disable-nxLocalUser Enable-nxLocalUser Get-nxEtcShadow Get-nxLocalGroup Get-nxLocalUser Get-nxLocalUserMemberOf New-nxLocalGroup New-nxLocalUser Remove-nxLocalGroup Remove-nxLocalGroupMember Remove-nxLocalUser Set-nxLocalGroup Set-nxLocalGroupGID Set-nxLocalGroupMember Set-nxLocalUser


nxFile nxGroup nxUser GC_LinuxGroup




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Release Notes

## [0.2.0-preview0003] - 2021-05-24

### Added

- Initial addition of commandd:
   - `Get-nxKernelInfo`: A simple wrapper around `uname -a`.
   - `Get-nxLinuxStandardBaseRelease`: A quick wrap of `lsb_release -a` command (this `lsb_release` must be present on the system).
   - `Get-nxDistributionInfo`: Parsing information found in `/etc/*-release`.
   - `Get-nxItem`: Similar to Get-Item for file system provider but on Linux using `ls -d`.
   - `Get-nxChildItem`: Similar to Get-ChildItem for the FileSystem provider but on Linux, this will use the `ls` command.
   - `Compare-nxFileSystemMode`: An easy way to compare two sets of unix file system permissions.  
       You can use a Symbolic notation (`rwxrwxrwx`), or the numericla permission (`777` or `0777`).
   - `Get-nxLocalUser`: Read and parse local users from `/etc/passwd`.
   - `New-nxLocalUser`: Create a new Local User using `useradd`.
   - `Set-nxLocalUser`: Set the properties of a Local User using `usermod`.
   - `New-nxLocalGroup`: Create a new Local Group using `groupadd`.
   - `Get-nxLocalGroup`: Read and parse local groups from `/etc/group`.
   - `Set-nxLocalGroup`: Set the properties of an existing local group using `gpasswd`.
   - `Get-nxLocalUserMemberOf`: Get the groups (`[nxLocalGroup[]]`) a Local user is member of.
   - `Add-nxLocalGroupMember`: Add users to a group using `gpasswd`.
   - `Set-nxGroupOwnership`: Set the group owning the files and folders using `chgrp`.
   - `Add-nxLocalUserToGroup`: Add user to groups using `usermod`.
   - `Set-nxMode`: Set files and folder mode (permisisons) using `chmod`.
   - `Set-nxOwner`: Set the owner for files and folders (and optionally the group ownership) using `chown`.
   - `Set-nxLocalGroupMember`: Set (and replace) the members of an existing group using `gpasswd`.
   - `Remove-nxLocalUser`: Delete a Local user using `userdel`.
   - `Remove-nxLocalGroupMember`: Removes users from a local group using `gpasswd`.
   - `Remove-nxLocalGroup`: Delete a local group using `groupdel`.
   - `Get-nxEtcShadow`: Get a user's `/etc/shadow` entry if it exists.
   - `Disable-nxLocalUser`: Lock a user's password, Expire its account and replace its Shell to `/sbin/nologin`.
   - `Enable-nxLocalUser`: Unlock a user's password, can set the ExpireOn date and replace the Shell from a value from `/etc/shells`.
   - `Compress-nxArchive`: Compress files and folders using the `tar` command.
   - `Expand-nxArchive`: Uncompress or read files and folder from an archive using the `tar` command.

- Supporting Enums and Classes for File System permissions.
   - In order to make interpretation, Comparison, and manipulation of File system permissions easier,
     the module implements a few classes and enum to make that work.

- DscResource:
   - `nxUser`: Simple resource to manage [nxLocalUser] accounts.
   - `nxGroup`: Simple resource to manage [nxLocalGroup] and group members.
   - `nxFile`: Simple resource to manage [nxItem] (file or directory).

### Changed

- Moved source in subfolders per categories (File/Folders, User/Groups).
- Testing using Git Tools task (the new GitVersion).

### Fixed

- Fixed the main branch to release from to be `main` instead of `master`.
- Removing the 'Configure winrm' tasks (as we're only running on linux).
- Added the DocGenerator tasks to build.yaml.
- Fixed casing to `nxtools` because I can't change PSGallery package casing.
- Removing dupplicate files.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated
0.2.1-previe... 4 7/2/2021
0.2.1-previe... 2 7/2/2021
0.2.0 102 5/25/2021
0.2.0-previe... (current version) 2 5/24/2021
0.2.0-previe... 7 4/15/2021
0.2.0-previe... 5 4/7/2021
0.1.1-previe... 3 4/7/2021
0.1.1-previe... 8 4/6/2021
0.1.1-previe... 4 4/3/2021
0.1.1-previe... 3 4/3/2021
0.1.1-previe... 4 4/2/2021