[SATLUG] Deleting User 'mail'

Ed Coates edcoates at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 07:10:26 CST 2008


On Feb 18, 2008 12:43 AM, Seth Sanchez <seth.priv at gmail.com> wrote:
> What would happen if I deleted the user 'mail' from /etc/passwd and created
> another user with the same name?
> --
You could possibly break any program that uses the mail username like
sendmail, postfix depending on distro, and how things are set up.
It's usually a username with a low UID, if you change it to a higher
UID, it could compromise things.

Just out of curiosity, why would you want to?

Ed


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