cvs commit: src/etc group master.passwd

Darren Pilgrim dmp at
Mon Jun 6 22:04:57 GMT 2005

From: Wilko Bulte [mailto:wb at] 
> On Mon, Jun 06, 2005 at 02:45:34PM -0700, Darren Pilgrim wrote..
> > From: Dag-Erling Smørgrav
> > > Brooks Davis <brooks at> writes:
> > > >   Log:
> > > >   Add _dhcp user/group as required by the OpenBSD dhclient.
> > > 
> > > What is the point of the underscore in _dhcp and _pflogd?
> > 
> > It's a convention used for system UIDs to prevent namespace collisions
> > user accounts.
> Then it is not really all to consistently used (politely speaking) 
> looking at what by default lives in /etc/passwd as system UIDs...

If you look at the FreeBSD /etc/passwd, sure, but this is an OpenBSD
convention.  Looking at the OpenBSD src/etc/master.passwd[1], it's very
consistently used, with the few system UIDs not starting with an underscore
being either legacy names or tied to a third-party package (sendmail, BIND,


<OT, EOT or off-list, thanks>

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