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Old 11th July 2006, 11:23 PM
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content of passwd file

Hi,
I have just installed FC5 and looked at the content of the /etc/passwd file, it shows the following:

bin:x:1:1:bin:/bin:/sbin/nologin
daemon:x:2:2:daemon:/sbin:/sbin/nologin
adm:x:3:4:adm:/var/adm:/sbin/nologin
lp:x:4:7:lp:/var/spool/lpd:/sbin/nologin
sync:x:5:0:sync:/sbin:/bin/sync
shutdown:x:6:0:shutdown:/sbin:/sbin/shutdown
halt:x:7:0:halt:/sbin:/sbin/halt
mail:x:8:12:mail:/var/spool/mail:/sbin/nologin
news:x:9:13:news:/etc/news:
uucp:x:10:14:uucp:/var/spool/uucp:/sbin/nologin
operator:x:11:0:operator:/root:/sbin/nologin
games:x:12:100:games:/usr/games:/sbin/nologin
gopher:x:13:30:gopher:/var/gopher:/sbin/nologin
ftp:x:14:50:FTP User:/var/ftp:/sbin/nologin
nobody:x:99:99:Nobody:/:/sbin/nologin
dbus:x:81:81:System message bus:/:/sbin/nologin
rpm:x:37:37::/var/lib/rpm:/sbin/nologin
apache:x:48:48:Apache:/var/www:/sbin/nologin
ntp:x:38:38::/etc/ntp:/sbin/nologin
nscd:x:28:28:NSCD Daemon:/:/sbin/nologin
vcsa:x:69:69:virtual console memory owner:/dev:/sbin/nologin
netdump:x:34:34:Network Crash Dump user:/var/crash:/bin/bash
pcap:x:77:77::/var/arpwatch:/sbin/nologin
avahi:x:70:70:Avahi daemon:/:/sbin/nologin
named:x:25:25:Named:/var/named:/sbin/nologin
mailnull:x:47:47::/var/spool/mqueue:/sbin/nologin
smmsp:x:51:51::/var/spool/mqueue:/sbin/nologin
haldaemon:x:68:68:HAL daemon:/:/sbin/nologin
rpc:x:32:32:Portmapper RPC user:/:/sbin/nologin
xfs:x:43:43:X Font Server:/etc/X11/fs:/sbin/nologin
hsqldb:x:96:96::/var/lib/hsqldb:/sbin/nologin
rpcuser:x:29:29:RPC Service User:/var/lib/nfs:/sbin/nologin
nfsnobody:x:65534:65534:Anonymous NFS User:/var/lib/nfs:/sbin/nologin
sshd:x:74:74:Privilege-separated SSH:/var/empty/sshd:/sbin/nologin
beagleindex:x:58:58:User for Beagle indexing:/var/cache/beagle:/bin/false
gdm:x:42:42::/var/gdm:/sbin/nologin


Is this normal? What do all those accounts mean?
Thank you.
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Old 11th July 2006, 11:38 PM
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It is normal. The accounts are de users runing the services that you can use if you want. This users are added for security reasons, that is, they have the minimal rights to do the jobs.

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Old 11th July 2006, 11:46 PM
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can i just delete them from the passwd?
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Old 12th July 2006, 12:03 AM
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No, leave it as it is.
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Old 12th July 2006, 06:09 AM
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NO, if you do, services can crash, or lead to insecure.

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Old 12th July 2006, 08:55 AM
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Thanks for your kind answers
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