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Re: Why do system users have shells?

On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 12:10:44PM -0700, James Hamilton wrote:
> I'm curious why system users such as  bin, sys, and  nobody have /bin/sh
> as a shell instead of a noshell program or /bin/false.  

Possibly because otherwise, you cannot run any shell scripts as that user.
(This may also apply to more than shell scripts, but I'm not sure about


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