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Re: entries in /etc/passwd
- From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot edu>
- To: Jeff Cramlet <JLC at compuserve dot com>
- Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 16:22:54 -0400 (EDT)
- Subject: Re: entries in /etc/passwd
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Mon, 30 Jun 2003, Jeff Cramlet wrote:
> When installing cygwin, the following accounts get included in the
> /etc/passwd file, and I am a bit curious about them:
> Why are they created, and what are the side effects of removing them from
> /etc/passwd? I looked around in the FAQ's, and could not find anything on
> Thanks in advance for the assist!
"Everyone" is a group. Windows allows for files to be owned by groups,
which are then treated as users. The side effect of removing this entry
from /etc/passwd is that you won't be able to get correct access to files
owned by the "Everyone" group from Cygwin tools.
"SYSTEM" is the Cygwin name for a built-in Windows account used to run
services (a.k.a. "LocalSystem"). Removing it from /etc/passwd will result
in being unable to setup services (such as sshd, inetd, cron, etc.).
For more information, read <http://cygwin.com/cygwin-ug-net/ntsec.html>.
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