Re: exploring debian's users and groups
Previously Joey Hess wrote:
> Majordomo has a statically allocated uid on Debian systems for
> historical reasons.
> HELP: Do we still even ship that buggy old POS? And can someone
> remember what the hysterical raisins were?
No longer created on new systems.
> HELP: ?
voicemail, useful for systems that use modems as answering machines.
> This group owns source code, including files in /usr/src. It can be
> used locally to give a user the ability to manage system source
> HELP: /usr/src is owned by group src and is setuid. This doesn't
> make files put there by foo-src packages necessarily be owned
> by group src though. If the intent is to make group src be
> able to manage source code, perhaps policy should say that
> foo-src packages make files in /usr/src owned and writable by
> the group (and files in tarballs dropped there likewise?)
I wouldn't mind ditching that group.
> HELP: So, /usr/local and /var/local are owned by it, but how's it
> differ from say, adm, and what's the historical meaning, and
> the current purpose?
adm are administrators and is mostly useful to allow them to read logfiles
without having to su. staff is useful for more helpdesk/junir sysadmins
type of people and gives them the ability to do things in /usr/local
and create directories in /home.
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