On Mon, Oct 01, 2001 at 02:02:46AM -0700, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> Can anyone tell me why the uucp user needs to have a default shell and
> home directory set?
> uucp:*:66:66:UUCP pseudo-user:/var/spool/uucppublic:/usr/libexec/uucp/uucico
> Both of those no longer exist by default in FreeBSD, with my changes.
> Is there any reason why this can't be changed to:
> uucp:*:66:66:UUCP pseudo-user:/:/sbin/nologin
As already was told on "that channel", this comes from the times
when ``uucp'' user didn't have password and the account was used
for UUCP communication over serial lines.  Any dialup UUCP user
should have a passwd(5) entry built like the ``uucp''.

It doesn't really matter what the home directory is set to (IIRC),
but the shell must be uucico(8).

It doesn't make any sense though to enable the ``uucp'' account.
Moreover, doing so may have a bad impact on system's security,
as many UUCP related files are owner by the user ``uucp''.

Having said that, I'm with Sheldon on how this change should be
done, i.e., change home directory to /nonexistent and shell to

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