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Re: System users that receive mail in /var/mail/systemuser?

I run a hybred Red-Hat/Debian system, (started on Red-Hat), so I definitely have users in the 500-1000
I know that Solaris systems used to start at uid=100.

In other words, dumping email just based on the UID seems like a dangerous thing if you want to run in a mixed environment.

If a package /user doesn't affirmatively indicate that it should never create/accept email, then the mail should go through the normal email pathways. I'm a bit of a data-packrat and consider data loss to be a bad thing. If I want to toss those emails, I'll create a cron job to do it on a regular basis.

Also: in my experience, I've rarely received spam for system users other than postmaster and webmaster -- and those are probably due to DNS registrations and the like.

Wouter Verhelst wrote:
On Sun, Apr 09, 2006 at 07:53:44PM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net> wrote:
On Sun, 2006-04-09 at 12:25 +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
And now I am wondering whether this will break existing packages.
Maybe not *packages*, but possibly non-Debian software.
non-Debian software, running in the Debian system-user id range?

* Some other distributions (I believe RedHat is one of them, but am not
  sure) have their user UID range start at 500 rather than 1000. If
  someone is using Debian in a hybrid environment where the usernames
  are centralized on the network (using NIS or LDAP, or something

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