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       sysusers.d - Declarative allocation of system users and groups






       systemd-sysusers uses the files from sysusers.d directory to create system users and
       groups at package installation or boot time. This tool may be used to allocate system
       users and groups only, it is not useful for creating non-system (i.e. regular, "human")
       users and groups, as it accesses /etc/passwd and /etc/group directly, bypassing any more
       complex user databases, for example any database involving NIS or LDAP.


       Each configuration file shall be named in the style of package.conf or package-part.conf.
       The second variant should be used when it is desirable to make it easy to override just
       this part of configuration.

       Files in /etc/sysusers.d override files with the same name in /usr/lib/sysusers.d and
       /run/sysusers.d. Files in /run/sysusers.d override files with the same name in
       /usr/lib/sysusers.d. Packages should install their configuration files in
       /usr/lib/sysusers.d. Files in /etc/sysusers.d are reserved for the local administrator,
       who may use this logic to override the configuration files installed by vendor packages.
       All configuration files are sorted by their filename in lexicographic order, regardless of
       which of the directories they reside in. If multiple files specify the same path, the
       entry in the file with the lexicographically earliest name will be applied. All later
       entries for the same user and group names will be logged as warnings.

       If the administrator wants to disable a configuration file supplied by the vendor, the
       recommended way is to place a symlink to /dev/null in /etc/sysusers.d/ bearing the same


       The file format is one line per user or group containing name, ID, GECOS field description
       and home directory:

           #Type  Name   ID              GECOS                 Home directory
           u      httpd  440             "HTTP User"
           u      authd  /usr/bin/authd  "Authorization user"
           g      input  -               -
           m      authd  input
           u      root   0               "Superuser"           /root

       Empty lines and lines beginning with the "#" character are ignored, and may be used for

       The type consists of a single letter. The following line types are understood:

           Create a system user and group of the specified name should they not exist yet. The
           user's primary group will be set to the group bearing the same name. The user's shell
           will be set to /sbin/nologin, the home directory to the specified home directory, or /
           if none is given. The account will be created disabled, so that logins are not

           Create a system group of the specified name should it not exist yet. Note that u
           implicitly create a matching group. The group will be created with no password set.

           Add a user to a group. If the user or group do not exist yet, they will be implicitly

           Add a range of numeric UIDs/GIDs to the pool to allocate new UIDs and GIDs from. If no
           line of this type is specified, the range of UIDs/GIDs is set to some compiled-in
           default. Note that both UIDs and GIDs are allocated from the same pool, in order to
           ensure that users and groups of the same name are likely to carry the same numeric UID
           and GID.

       The name field specifies the user or group name. The specified name must consist only of
       the characters a-z, A-Z, 0-9, "_" and "-", except for the first character which must be
       one of a-z, A-Z or "_" (i.e. numbers and "-" are not permitted as first character). The
       user/group name must have at least one character, and at most 31.

       It is strongly recommended to pick user and group names that are unlikely to clash with
       normal users created by the administrator. A good scheme to guarantee this is by prefixing
       all system and group names with the underscore, and avoiding too generic names.

       For m lines, this field should contain the user name to add to a group.

       For lines of type r, this field should be set to "-".

       For u and g, the numeric 32-bit UID or GID of the user/group. Do not use IDs 65535 or
       4294967295, as they have special placeholder meanings. Specify "-" for automatic UID/GID
       allocation for the user or group. Alternatively, specify an absolute path in the file
       system. In this case, the UID/GID is read from the path's owner/group. This is useful to
       create users whose UID/GID match the owners of pre-existing files (such as SUID or SGID
       binaries). The syntax "uid:gid" is also supported to allow creating user and group pairs
       with different numeric UID and GID values. The group with the indicated GID must get
       created explicitly before or it must already exist.

       For m lines, this field should contain the group name to add to a user to.

       For lines of type r, this field should be set to a UID/GID range in the format "FROM-TO",
       where both values are formatted as decimal ASCII numbers. Alternatively, a single UID/GID
       may be specified formatted as decimal ASCII numbers.

       A short, descriptive string for users to be created, enclosed in quotation marks. Note
       that this field may not contain colons.

       Only applies to lines of type u and should otherwise be left unset, or be set to "-".

   Home Directory
       The home directory for a new system user. If omitted, defaults to the root directory. It
       is recommended to not unnecessarily specify home directories for system users, unless
       software strictly requires one to be set.

       Only applies to lines of type u and should otherwise be left unset, or be set to "-".


       Note that systemd-sysusers will do nothing if the specified users or groups already exist,
       so normally, there is no reason to override sysusers.d vendor configuration, except to
       block certain users or groups from being created.


       systemd(1), systemd-sysusers(8)