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From:Johan De Meersman Date:March 3 2010 11:50am
Subject:Re: Remove 'debian-sys-maint' Account?
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On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 7:15 PM, Carlos Williams <carloswill@stripped>wrote:

> I am using Debian 'Squeeze' / Testing on with MySQL 5.1.41-3
> installed. It is a fresh install and I was checking all the system
> accounts and noticed that Debian has a 'debian-sys-maint' account on
> 'localhost'. Has anyone ever removed this account? Do I need it or can
> I safely remove this account? I don't understand why it's there. I
> don't want to break MySQL even though there is no data or databases on
> this machine but I would like to keep this as clean as possible.
>

As Ian already indicated, this is an administrative account used by Debian
for the system operations they do. It'll probably also be used when you
upgrade packages and similar things.

I would recommend that you keep it, as it's only there for localhost anyway,
and the credentials are in /etc/mysql/debian.cnf with restricted
readability.

I also tend to use those credentials for any maintenance scripts I run
myself, so in that way it actually prevents clutter for me :-)



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Remove 'debian-sys-maint' Account?Carlos Williams2 Mar
  • Re: Remove 'debian-sys-maint' Account?Ian Simpson3 Mar
  • Re: Remove 'debian-sys-maint' Account?nixofortune3 Mar
  • Re: Remove 'debian-sys-maint' Account?Johan De Meersman3 Mar