How to allow a role to edit/manage user accounts e.g. click Edit and change email, username, password etc., but do not edit the fields itself, e.g. cannot just go to Manage fields and delete/create/edit fields?

Field permission doesn't do that, it's specifically just for each field per field.

Do not have access to admin/config/people/accounts/fields at all. enter image description here

But they still can go to admin/people and update/manage users. So they still must have the Administer users permission enter image description here

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On Drupal 7, the permission to access admin/config/people/accounts is the same permission that allows to edit every account created on the site. The permission is returned by user_entity_info(), a hook_entity_info() implementation. Any module that implements hook_entity_info_alter(), including a custom module, can alter what the User module returns in its hook implementation.

 * Implements hook_entity_info_alter().
function mymodule_entity_info_alter(&$entity_info) {
  $entity_info['user']['bundles']['user']['admin']['access arguments'] = 'a new permission defined from the module';

The module must then implement hook_permission() to define a new permission, keeping in mind that what I indicated with 'a new permission defined from the module' is the new permission required to access admin/config/people/accounts.

  • Didn't use it, but I guess it wouldn't be fair accepting my own answer. Maybe this will help to others. Nov 15, 2023 at 12:36

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