questions about /etc/shadow

m.roth2006 at m.roth2006 at
Mon Oct 8 15:27:22 UTC 2007

>Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 01:03:32 +1000 (EST)
>From: tech user <techwww at>  
>--- Rajesh kanna <tr_rajeshkanna at> wrote:
>> nobody:*:13785:0:99999:7:::   -->  represents system account 
>> dbus:!!:13785:0:99999:7:::      --> represents service account 
>what's the difference between a system account and a service account?

Root, or techwww, are system accounts. apache, or nobody, or rpc, or ntp, are service accounts, not something anyone logs in to.


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