Users needed or not by ports

Florent Thoumie flz at
Tue Oct 12 09:01:36 UTC 2010

On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 5:01 PM, David DEMELIER
<demelier.david at> wrote:
> Hello,
> Before writing a patch for the ports framework, I just want to be sure
> that FreeBSD ports shouldn't use a same user added by ports. For
> example pulseaudio adds some users to the system (pulse,
> pulse-whatever) and should these users be needed from others ports ?
> My plan is :
> 1. Register users added and needed by ports in files like +USERS +GROUPS,
> 2. When make deinstall or pkg_delete port_name check if the user is
> still needed by other port (if this is possible)
> 3. Print a message like "The following users and group are not needed
> anymore by the system : xxx yyy"
> pkgsrc already use something like this, so a port should be really
> easy to be done.

This has already been discussed (including in a thread that you started [1]).

This needs support in both ports and pkg_install.


Florent Thoumie
flz at
FreeBSD Committer

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