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Date:      Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:59:07 -0400
From:      Michael Powell <>
Subject:   Re: unprivledged users (for a service)
Message-ID:  <j2biv0$rkb$>
References:  <> <>

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Chuck Swiger wrote:

> On Aug 15, 2011, at 9:37 AM, Chris Brennan wrote:
>> It's been a while since I've had to do this and the drive that contained
>> all of my notes is dead, along with the backup (I was actually lucky to
>> recover my home drive before it also failed but my notes were not
>> there). I cannot for the life of me remember how to properly add an
>> unprivledged user that will only be used for running a specific system
>> service. So it doesn't need a login shell or $HOME.
> Add a user and set the shell to /bin/false or perhaps /sbin/nologin; for
> $HOME set it to /var/empty or /tmp, perhaps.
> Regards,

I always used to look at user 'nobody' in vipw for this:

nobody:*:65534:65534::0:0:Unprivileged user:/nonexistent:/usr/sbin/nologin


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