Users and groups kept after a port deinstallation

RW rwmaillists at
Sun May 23 11:53:27 UTC 2010

On Sun, 23 May 2010 07:57:36 +0400
Anonymous <swell.k at> wrote:

> > You don't have to remember, just look at the UID/GID values,
> > ordinary users start at 1001, ports create UIDs < 1000.
> You're presuming non-ordinary users are created only by ports
> framework. That's not always the case. I may want for example a
> separate user for telnetd to broadcast ascii movies or youterm
> sessions. ;)

This has no relevance, we're talking about users that were previously
created by ports and left behind after port deletions.

> > This appears to refer to an admin confusing a normal user with a
> > system user that's still in use by a port, so I don't see the
> > relevance.
> No. It's about conflict: system user created by admin and system user
> created by port happen to have same username.

pw and adduser wont let you add usernames that already exist. I've no
idea whether pwd_mkdb allows duplicates usernames with different UIDs,
I've never tried it, but if you create users that way without
performing a check, you deserve what you get.

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