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Re: Create user during installation

On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 11:13:39PM +0200, Tilman Koschnick wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-03-31 at 22:47 +0200, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> > Ugh, no. Do *not* remove users on purge, it's reason for all kinds of
> > problems, amongst others that you can never assure all files owned by
> > that user are removed, and therefore leaving userless files on the
> > system. You can't even do a global find, because some partitions can
> > happen to not be mounted, or others are in fact very slow tape robots.
> > 
> > Leave the deletion of obsolete users up to the system administrator, do
> > not do so on purge.
> What about small daemons that don't generate any files and don't require
> anything apart from what's in the package?

In general, you cannot assume that the administator doesn't use the user
for other stuff too, related (or not) to the package. An extra user
entry really doesn't hurt anything, so can safely be left.


Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)

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