The FreeBSD handbook is not clear about this. pw is a command that has so many options that it is simply confusing for a normal user. I want to do something that would be easy under gnome desktop: add someuser to the group operator. That is all. How is this done with pw? IMHO pw is an example of a command being made into something so overly complex that it is incomprehensible. If I had an alternative I would not touch it.