Subject: Re: Unnecessary standard accounts (Was: Root, toor accounts.)
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/16/1999 15:49:40

On Sun, 14 Mar 1999, David Brownlee wrote:

>On Sun, 14 Mar 1999, Marc Baudoin wrote:
>> - The daemon user only owns the /var/msgs/bounds file:
>>   -rw-rw-r--  1 daemon  staff  4 Mar 14 03:16 bounds
>>   Is it useful to have a user dedicated to this particular file?
>>   Can't it be owned by another user?
>	Daemon may also be used by lpd. Of all the uids this is one
>	I'd really like to stay

daemon is also used by portmap, if the `-s' flag is specified.

>> - The news user doesn't own any file.  Anyway, it's mandatory to
>>   have a news user when installing INN.  My question is:  should
>>   the news user be distributed in the standard passwd file
>>   whereas INN is not in the standard NetBSD distribution?  Then
>>   why not distribute more users such as ftp, pop or postfix, just
>>   in case?  I'd rather have a range of uids reserved for this
>>   kind of things and the range clearly indicated in the passwd(4)
>>   man page or somewhere else in the NetBSD documentation.
>>   pkg_add could also make good use of this if it needs to create
>>   a dedicated user for a particular program.

There _are_ other news servers than INN.  The news user is provided as a
consisten user to use with whatever news server may be installed...

- -- 
				Jim Wise

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