Daemons as user "nobody"

Richi Plana myfedora at richip.dhs.org
Wed Sep 5 16:50:13 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-09-05 at 12:37 -0400, Konstantin Ryabitsev wrote:
> I recall there being something about running daemons as user "nobody."
> Is that still a policy? Cursory search in the wiki revealed nothing,
> but searching for "user nobody" is near-futile. :)
> Don't we normally create daemon-specific users?

On my system, nobody isn't running any daemon process, :). *snicker*

Seriously, though, it seems that most Fedora packages have daemons
running with their own uid (apache, tomcat5, rpc, rpcuser, dovecot,
asterisk, smmsp, xfs, avahi, toranon, 68 ... 68?!? oh wait .. that's
hald, named and of course, the desktop user for various desktop
daemons). I've so many processes living in my system. I've grown so
close to them, they're almost like family, ;).

Whether it's in a policy, i don't know. Actually, there doesn't seem to
be a lot of policies showing on the wiki. It's probably on the TODO
list. I was just asking about policies myself in a thread on


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