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Old 02-22-2010, 03:57 PM   #1
aloisius-a
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Question User bin


Hi,

in the file /etc/passwd of my Linux O.S. (Slackware) there is among others an entry for the user bin and I'm asking myself what are the duties of this user that, as I can see, can do almost nothing.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-22-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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It is part of the way linux is set up.

It's a bit the same as how the user nobody exists. Delete that at your peril (I did as a complete newbie, and a reinstall was required )

For more information please search http://google.com/linux

But your "what's going on in this OS" curiosity is to be commended. Linux is "open", so you can find out what everything is there for, and exactly what it does

Search on, you do not need us.
 
Old 02-22-2010, 05:04 PM   #3
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Actually Google has nothing on it.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 04:25 AM   #4
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Google does have the answer, it's just not very interesting:
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HELP: No files on my system are owned by user or group bin. What good are they? Historically they were probably the owners of binaries in /bin? It is not mentioned in the FHS, Debian Policy, or the changelogs of base-passwd or base-files.

LSB 1.3 lists bin as legacy, and says: "The 'bin' UID/GID is included for compatibility with legacy applications. New applications should no longer use the 'bin' UID/GID."
So I suppose you could remove it, but there's the risk that some day some "legacy application" is going to fail, and you might then spend days trying to find out exactly why.
 
  


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