Bug#621833: System users: removing them
On 12/04/11 22:43, Scott Kitterman wrote:
>> Also, we need to provide a way for sysadmin to know they can safely remove
>> a stale
>> system user.
> If we could do that, we could just remove them automatically and not
> bother the sysadmin.
Not necessarily. We can't be sure there aren't any files lying around
(at least not efficiently enough) to cause problems with UID reuse etc,
but we may inform the admin that at least from the packaging point of
view, the user/group isn't needed anymore. He can then decide to take
appropriate action if he feels the house-keeping is necessary.
It could simply be a matter of using the "User Name/Comment" field to
write something like "formerly used by package X; may be removed".
Admittedly not strictly necessary, but nice for those cases where you
check your /etc/passwd a few years later and ask yourself where that
user came from.
Leo "costela" Antunes
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