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Re: system users


On Sat, 15.11.2008 at 08:49:12 +0100, Vincent Bernat <bernat@debian.org> wrote:
> On  some  systems  like  OpenBSD,  all those  users  are  starting  with
> underscore to avoid  collision with real users. On  Debian, I have never
> seen  this, even  for packages  that comes  from OpenBSD  (like openntpd
> which uses "ntpd"). Is there some drawbacks with underscore?

none that I'm aware of.

I dimly remember having read that some (all?) authentication methods
available to users don't accept names with underscores, so the only
ways to assume such a UID would be to call "setuid(number)" and
"seteuid(number)", which would be a good thing, too.

Kind regards,

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