George Hartzell wrote:

I just noticed

  a) that several accounts (from ports stuff, it seems) on a -stable
     system use /nonexistent as their home directory

(ghost)[9:50am]log>>grep nonexist /etc/passwd pop:*:68:6:Post Office Owner:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
www:*:80:80:World Wide Web Owner:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
nobody:*:65534:65534:Unprivileged user:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
gdm:*:92:92:GNOME Display Manager:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
dnslog:*:1002:1002:DJBdns Logger:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
dnscache:*:1003:1003:DJBdns Cache owner:/nonexistent:/sbin/nlogin
stunnel:*:1004:1004:stunnel Daemon:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
cyrus:*:60:60:the cyrus mail server:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin
ldap:*:389:389:OpenLDAP Server:/nonexistent:/sbin/nologin


b) that it seems to exist....

       (ghost)[9:50am]log>>ls -la /nonexistent/
       total 20
       drwxr-xr-x   2 ftp     ftp     512 Jun  1  2003 .
       drwxr-xr-x  20 root    wheel   512 Jan 15 12:07 ..
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  771 Jun  1  2003 .cshrc
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  255 Jun  1  2003 .login
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  165 Jun  1  2003 .login_conf
       -rw-------   1 dnslog  dnslog  371 Jun  1  2003 .mail_aliases
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  331 Jun  1  2003 .mailrc
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  801 Jun  1  2003 .profile
       -rw-------   1 dnslog  dnslog  276 Jun  1  2003 .rhosts
       -rw-r--r--   1 dnslog  dnslog  852 Jun  1  2003 .shrc

The name suggests that it shouldn't actually exist, presumably as a
security measure.

Should I leave it as is, blow away the /nonexistent homedir, is it a
ports problem, or ???

/nonexistent is not supposed to exist.

Perhaps you added the dnslog user using adduser(8) and so the home directory was created?


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